16 NPA Militia Surrenders in Zamboanga Sibugay

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total of sixteen Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT), 15 Militia ng Bayan and one regular member, surrenders to 102nd Infantry Brigade in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay Saturday (October 20, 2018).

The CNTs yielded to Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Brigade Commander, with three firearms, one caliber 45 and two shotguns.

All of the 15 Militia ng Bayan were operating and residents of Barangay Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.

Their surrender was facilitated by Hon. Jarvis M. Acosta, Mayor of Siay, and Lt. Col. Jonathan Obena, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander, and pledge for their loyalty to the government thru an oath of allegiance.

“Their surrender will minimize the violent incident and atrocities in our area of responsibility and will weaken the CNTs mass base support,” said Col. Gaerlan.

“We will facilitate and collaborate with other stakeholders for their enrollment to Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) of the government,” Col. Gaerlan added.

Major General Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the efforts of 102nd brigade, 44IB and the stakeholders who were involved and facilitated the successful surrender.

“We encourage other CNTs to return to the folds of law and take advantage of the E-CLIP.” Maj. General Murillo added.

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