TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 23 -- A New People's Army regular member and two Militia ng Bayan (MB) members under the Weakened Guerilla Front 14, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (WGF14, NEMRC) voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine Army at the 75th Infantry Battation (75IB) headquarters in Bislig City on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.
The surrenderees were identified as AKA Bernabe, AKA Loy, and AKA Jun, all residents of Sitio 1K (San Isidro), Brgy. Bunawan Brook, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
They brought with them the following war materials: one M2 Carbine with one magazine loaded of 10 live ammunition; two gallons of Improvised Explosive Device (IED); 150 meters flat cord #22; three pieces blasting cups with five meters detonating cords; one shotgun homemade rifle; one shotgun pistol (homemade); six magazines of AK47; one 7.62MM M14 Rifle with one magazine loaded with 20 rounds of live ammunition; and two pieces of subversive books.
Cabakungan said they have decided to surrender due to the fear and exhaustion of hiding away from the operation of the government forces. "Naka desisyon mi nga musurender tungod sa kahadlok ug kakapoy sigeg dagan, tago palayo sa operasyon sa militar ug kapulisan ug dugang pa ang NPA wala nituman sa ilang saad sa amoa nga sila (NPA) musuporta sa among pamilya gani gigatungan pa mi og sakto nga masuko ug mokontra sa gobyerno. Dugang pa nga rason sa among pag surrender, gusto namo nga manginabuhig malinawon kauban sa matag namo nga pamilya (We have decided to surrender due to the fear and exhaustion of hiding away from the operation of the military and police, also, the NPA have not kept their promises that they (NPA) will support our family and they convince us to get mad and oppose to the government. In addition, we want to live peacefully together with each of our family)," said Cabakungan in their colloquial dialect.
Lt. Col. Warren Munda, Acting Commanding Officer of 75IB said, "With the support of our government, stakeholders and people in the community, together we'll resolve and act as one to this campaign in eradicating the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs)."
The surrenderees will undergo the process as they return to the folds of the government. They are expected to receive assistance from the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). (Capt. Edwin Leo Francisco, 75IB-CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)