CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) members surrendered to the Army’s 51st Infantry Battalion and 5th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Rogongon, Iligan City 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019.
“Our initial custodial debriefing found out that due to our relentless combat operation, most of them are starving and only eat one meal a day”, said Lt. Col. Jasper Edward Obar, 51st Infantry Battalion Commander.
“Lisod ang kinabuhi sa bukid. Mas lisod kaysa adtong pa sa panahon kaniadtong dili pa kami myembro sa NPA. Walay direksyon among pakigbisug”, ingon ni alias Braga. (“Our life in mountainous part is hard. Much harder when we were not yet members of the NPA group. There is no direction in what we are fighting for,” said alias Braga).
The two CNT yielded two M1 Garrand rifles and ammunitions. As of this year, a total of 29 Communist NPA Terrorists surrendered to 51IB.
“The influx of CNT surrenders in Iligan City is a testament of their desire to unite and live peacefully with their families. We expect that more CNTs will return to the folds of the law in the coming days as our troops on the ground received a lot of surrender feelers,” says Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander.
“Likewise, we urge the NPA leadership in our area of operation to engage us thru localized peace talks to address their issues and problems peacefully”, Enriquez added.
Meanwhile, Major General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the two CNTs.
“We encourage other CNT members to surrender with their firearms, return to the folds of the law and benefit the Enhanced Local Integration Program of the government”, said Ancan.
“Based on Executive Order Nr 70, creating a Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), the Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN is doing its best to contribute to the mission of the created task force,” added Ancan.
“Convergence and synchronization of plans, programs and projects among the government agencies is vital and key to end the long decades of insurgency that only brought misery to our country”, Ancan concluded.