PRESS RELEASE I CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Six more ‘disgruntled’ communist terrorist group – New People’s Army have surrendered to 37th Infantry Battalion in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat on January 13, 2021.
These former rebels, who voluntarily surrendered, are residents of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and are members of Platoon West (Samsung), Guerilla Front Musa, Far South Mindanao Region, two of them are supply officer and medic personnel of the group that operates in the hinterlands of Lake Sebu and neighboring towns.
They surrendered one 7.62mm M14 Rifle, two 9mm SMG and two Cal. 357 Revolver to the troops of 37th Infantry Battalion at Brgy. Tibpuan, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat in coordination with 38th Infantry Battalion and 5th Special Forces Battalion.
“The surrender of said personalities was facilitated by a Barangay Tanod who happened to be a relative of one of the rebels while the firearms are now under the custody of 37th IB,” said Col. Eduardo Gubat, Commander of the 603rd Infantry Brigade.
“The Executive Order No.70, also known as Task Force – Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) is undoubtedly an effective tool to entice NPA members to go back to the mainstream and live a peaceful life,” Col. Gubat, added.
“While inside the movement, we found out that the promises made by our former leaders were all lies,” said one of the surrenderees in their own dialect.
“Malakas ang pwersa ng mga sundalo kaya napapagod na kami sa pagtakbo dahil patuloy kaming hinahabol,” they added.
Joint Task Force Central Commander Major General Juvymax R. Uy was happy to welcome another batch of rebel returnees who renewed their trust in the government that led them to turn their backs from the communist armed struggle after the JTF Central intensified its focused military operations against CTGs to thwart any hostile activities of the said rebels.
“They are coming back because they trust the program of the government. They are experiencing hardship in the hinterlands of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato, hence they come back to the folds of the law to live peacefully with their families,” Maj. Gen. Uy said. (PRESS RELEASE/6TH KAMPILAN INFANTRY DIVISION)