As the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Sorsogon continues to collapse owing to a series of misfortunes in recent months, more and more members are deserting the terrorist group.
At around 10:30 in the morning, Thursday, October 7, another eight CTG members yielded to the government troops and turned in an AK 47, AR15 and a caliber .45 pistol.
Lt. Col. Nelson Mico, Battalion Commander of 22nd Infantry Battalion (22IB), who received the surrenderers at their headquarters in Barangay Calomagon, Bulan, said that the continuing surrenders of CTG members in the said province are strong indications of the terrorist group’s disintegration as they continue to lose manpower and firepower; more importantly, the increasing awareness of the people about the horror of the CTG.
Col. Aldwine Almase, Brigade Commander of 903rd Infantry Brigade lauded the persistence of the troops to amplify the call of the government for the communist insurgents to return to the folds of the law.
“Nagbubunga na ang lahat ng mga pagsisikap natin na ipaunawa sa mga miyembro at tagasuporta ng CTG na walang kabuluhan ang layunin ng teroristang grupong ito at wala silang patutunguhan sa loob ng kilusan kaya lalo nating pag-iibayuhin ang ating mga kampanya para puksain ang kanilang karahasan at pananakot at kasabay na tulungan ang mga gustong magbagong buhay katuwang ang ating mga kapanalig sa pagseserbisyo sa bayan. Subalit kung ang mga nagmamatigas nilang mga kasamahan ay magpupumilit na makipaglaban gamit ang kanilang mga armas, hindi tayo magdadalawang-isip na supilin silang lahat upang pangalagaan ang katahimikan ng mga pamayanan,” Col. Almase said.
PBGEN JONNEL C ESTOMO, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) welcomed this development and encouraged the surrenderers to join the government in its fight to end communist insurgency in the region.
“Ngayong nakalabas na kayo sa kilusan, sana tulungan ninyo kaming i-educate ang mga kaanak ninyo tungkol sa totoong kulay at motibo ng CTG upang wala ng iba pang malinlang,” PBGen. Estomo said.
MGEN HENRY A ROBINSON JR PA, Commander of Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia, on the other hand, assured the surrenderers of the assistance the government has prepared for them.
“Matapos nilang makumpleto ang proseso ng reintegration, makatatanggap sila ng mga benipisyo mula sa Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Patunay ito na kahit minsan silang naging kalaban ng pamahalaan, hindi natin sila pababayaan at tutulungan natin silang magkaroon ng maayos na pamumuhay,” MGen. Robinson said.
JTF Bicolandia also believed that the outpour of surrenderers in Sorsogon stemmed from the growing belief and support of the Sorsoganons to the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) coupled with the efforts of local government units (LGUs) and local chief executives (LCEs) to negate the CTG and efficiently deliver basic goods and services to the public.
Prior to this, 27 CTG members also surrendered in Juban yesterday and early today, while last January, 20 CTG members who were part of the Sentro de Grabidad also yielded to the government bringing with them 20 high-powered firearms.