14 Militia, 105 Supporters; Condemns NPA in Zambo del Sur

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A peace rally condemning the Communist NPA Terrorist was conducted in Market Site, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur Friday.

The surrendered 14 Militia ng Bayan and 105 NPA supporters were among the protesters, together with LGUs and non-government and civic society organizations.

The activity was then followed by an oath of allegiance to the government by the surrenderees and supporters.

The group also yielded 127 assorted loose firearms to Lt. Col. Jonathan Obena, 44 Infantry Battalion Commander, and were subsequently turned over to PNP Bayog for proper disposistion.

Custodial debriefing to surenderees is still on-going as of this posting.

“The peace rally by the surrenderees is an evidence of mistrust and frustration to the NPA that hinders peace and progress in their community,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102 Infantry Brigade Commander.

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

Major General Roseller Murillo, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Commander, commended the efforts of 44IB, 102Bde, PNP and the stakeholders who facilitated the activity.

“Let us give peace a chance. We should work together for a just and lasting peace without the use of arms and violence.” Maj. General Murillo added. 

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