KUTA MAJOR CESAR L SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – One NPA member voluntarily surrendered to the government troops of 44th Infantry (AGILE “N” STABLE) Battalion, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Benson Niadas, alias Rey, a medic of MRGU, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee, brought along his M16 rifle during his surrender.
Based on his revelations, aka REY was involved in the recent encounter of 53rd Infantry Battalion in Bgry Gasa Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur on 8 and 10 December 2017 respectively where one NPA was killed and six high powered firearms were recovered by government forces.
Accordingly, Rey was convinced by his relative, also a surenderee from 44IB, to return to the folds of law and to avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government. The government forces’ sincerity in protecting the rebel returnees, helped in convincing him to surrender.
He also stressed that he is tired of hiding, experienced hunger and hardships and dissatisfied of the communist terrorist ideology and policies.
Rey also mentioned that some of his comrades are planning to surrender just to be with their families this yuletide season.
The 102nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army under the leadership of Brig. General Jacinto R Bareng has intensified efforts against communist terrorist through combat operations and information disseminations with the support of all local chief executives and other stakeholders so that those who wanted to return and surrender can avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government.
“The surrender and revelation of Benson Niadas is a proof that there are more NPA members who are tired and wanted to live normal and peaceful lives.” Said Brig. General Roseller G Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander.
“The Tabak troopers will assist surrenderees so that they can avail the benefits of the CLIP.” He added.