Four regular combatants of the Communist New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorist (CNT) and one Milisya ng Bayan (MB) member in Agusan del Norte have surrendered to troopers of the 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion in Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, after deciding to abandon the hopeless cause and ideology of the communist movement.
This came one day after the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) celebrated its 52nd anniversary on Saturday, December 26, 2020.
Alias Else, 18, who brought one .30 M1 Carbine with one magazine and three live ammunition; Alias Dodong, 30, who also turned over one .45 pistol, Cal .45 Pistol with two live ammunition, one .357 revolver, and two .38 revolvers; Alias Rebo, 30; and Alias Indai/Bea, 23 were identified as the four NPA surrenderers.
The MB member was identified as Alias Jimmy/Omar, 55, a resident of Barangay Durian, Las Nieves town, who also surrendered one shotgun (ARMSCOR) with four live ammunition.
Alias Else, Dodong, and Rebo were active members of Sub Regional Sentro de Grabidad (SRSDG) SAGAY, Sub Regional Command 3 (SRC3), of the North Central Regional Committee, while Alias Indai/Bea served as the Finance Officer of SRC 3, NCMRC.
Former MB member Jimmy/Omar acknowledged in his evidence that he was tired of serving the CPP-NPA but that he couldn’t resign because he was afraid for his life and the safety of his family.
The Acting Commander of 23IB, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, welcomed the five (5) surrenderers and asked the remaining CNTs in the area to return to the folds of the law and live peacefully with their families.
“I am glad that the members of the CNTs have recognized the sincerity of the government in helping the FRs, and they have seen the deceptive tactics of the CNTs,” Paulo said.
The 23rd IB commander added: “Inside the 52 years of CNT existence, they were claiming that they were the protectors of the poor, but as we can see, they only manipulated and exploited the vulnerabilities of the people to elevate their status in life. Instead of providing the basic necessities of the people, they only extort and harassed them so that they will follow the orders given to them.”
He also urged the remaining CNTs to begin their new lives by laying down their arms and returning to their families as 2021 approaches.
“Leave your chaotic life behind and live peacefully with your family. Set your goals in life in order to live prosperously in the upcoming years. Let us help one another to stop the CNTs from conducting rampant exploitation with their rotten ideology that kills the future of our nation,” Paulo said.