An injured member of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), identified as Ricky Lumbay alias Jeric, voluntarily surrendered his caliber 5.56 M16A1 Carbine Rifle to the 11th Special Forces Company, 5th Special Forces Battalion (5SFBn) and the local government unit of T’Boli, South Cotabato at Brgy. Edwards in said town on Monday, January 31, 2022.
According to Brigadier General Pedro Balisi Jr., the alias Jeric was one of the CTG members encountered by government troops in Brgy. Tudok, T’Boli, South Cotabato during combat operations launched on January 5, 2022, where six NPA terrorists were believed to have been wounded based on witness testimony.
During the said armed conflict, alias Jeric claimed that he was left injured by other NPA members.
“Noong narinig naming nagputukan na, tumalon ako sa bangin at ung ibang kasama ko nagtakbuhan na rin, lalo na narinig nila yung helicopter. Kaya ako napilay at nasugatan dahil sa pagtalon ko sa bangin,” alias Jeric said.
“Naligaw ako sa aking mga kasama, pagod, gutom at masakit ang aking katawan kaya gumawa ako ng paraan para makalapit sa mga tao at magsurrender,” he added.
The presence of alias Jeric was quickly reported to authorities by residents from Sitios Motosom, Salabanog, and Mangga in Barangay Laconon, T’Boli, South Cotabato. The said barangays were among those helped by the Local Government Unit of T’Boli and the 5th SFBn’s Community Support Program (CSP) and Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).
Mayor Dibu S. Tuan stated that the NTF-ELCAC methods are effective due to the recent surrenders of CTG local guerilla units/Milisyang Bayan and NPA terrorist members from October 2021 to date.
“Our conduct of CSP and RCSP is gaining grounds and it must be sustained. These development-oriented approaches coupled with the AFP and PNP’s peace, law enforcement, and development support activities and combat operations is a good practice that every LGU must adopt and sustain further,” Hon. Mayor Tuan said.
The LGU of T’Boli provided urgent medical and financial assistance to the surrenderee. In addition, as part of the broader government program for CTG members who returned to the folds of the law, he will be enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
Major General Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central and the 6th Infantry Division, praised the local government units in their area of operations for their outstanding cooperation in carrying out the NTF-ELCAC mandate, which has resulted in peaceful surrenders and combat encounters with CTGs in South Cotabato.
“With the help of the LGUs and the communities, the defeat of the CTG is inevitable wherein with the recent surrenders of CTG members and accomplishments of the NTF-ELCAC, our efforts towards peace are gaining grounds and will be realized in the near future,” Maj. Gen. Uy added.