Former high-ranking NPA terrorist surrenders in Zamboanga del Sur

Photo courtesy of 53rd Infantry "Matapat" Battalion

In a simple activity held at the Governor’s Office in Zamboanga Motors, Pagadian City on August 20, 2021, a former high-ranking member of the CPP-NPA surrendered and was presented to Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) Chairperson and Governor Victor J. Yu.

Alias Marlon, the Communist-NPA Terrorist (CNT) presented, was the previous Commander of the now-defunct Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee’s Guerilla Front KARA, which operated in the Zamboanga del Sur hinterlands.

Marlon signed and swore an Oath of Allegiance in the presence of Gov. Yu, the solemnizing officer, during the activity. Dimataling MTF-ELCAC, led by Dimataling mayor Avelino Yrauda, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), led by 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, and Dimataling PNP, led by PMaj. Herminigildo Bajao Jr., all worked together to secure his surrender.

A delegation from the Zamboaga del Sur Police Provincial Office led by PMaj Leonel Roncesvalles, as well as RID9, 1st Cavalry Battalion (1CAV), and 53IB’s Charlie Company, were present as Marlon was presented to Gov. Yu.

Marlon is currently undergoing debriefing in order to expedite the receipt of his government benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

In September 2019, the KARA Guerilla Front was disbanded.

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