Tired and weary communist terrorist yields to gov’t troops in Abra


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A Communist terrorist group member peacefully surrendered to government troops of the 69th and 71st Infantry Battalion around seven o’clock in the morning of May 16, 2022, in the vicinity of Sitio Banat, San Ramon East, Manabo, Abra.

According to Commander of Northern Luzon Command Lt. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., the surrendered personality was identified as alias “Lito”, a resident of Sitio Bana, Brgy Kili, Tubo, Abra and a member of the Milasyang Bayan of the weakened Communist terrorist group, Kilusang Larangang Gerilya-AMPIS, Ilocos Cordillera Regional Committee (ICRC) which operates in the areas of Abra, Mountain Province and Ilocos Sur.

Alias Lito disclosed that his surrender was spurred by “hunger and exhaustion caused by fighting the lost-cause battle of the Communist movement.”

In a separate statement, Brig. Gen. Krishnamurti Mortela Commander of Joint Task Group Defender revealed that based on the report submitted by 71IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Michael Bautista. “Lito surrendered bringing alongside with him one (1) Elisco M16A1 rifle, one (1) Garand rifle, one (1) short magazine; and nine (9) Cal. 5.56mm live ammunition.”

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Andrew Costelo, Commander of Joint Task Force Kaugnay hailed the peaceful surrender of Lito to his genuine desire to come back to the folds of the law and live as a productive citizen of the country.

“I also commend the non-stop efforts of our troops on the ground who continuously perform their duties in extending the arm of the government to those who are willing to embrace the government’s reforms for peace and progress,” said Lt. Gen. Costelo

Furthermore, Lt. Gen Torres echoed his call to the remaining member of Communist terrorist groups to “abandon their armed struggle, and heed the call for peace and development of the government.”

“Our security forces will further intensify their efforts to completely eradicate Communist terrorism in north and central Luzon, that is why I enjoin the remnants of the dwindling and fleeing terrorist groups to surrender to the government as a new beginning awaits all of you through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program,” the NoLCom Commander concluded.

ECLIP is a flagship program of the Duterte administration that seeks to address social healing and national unity toward the higher objective of attaining a just and lasting peace. The program which is closely supervised and monitored by Task Force Balik-Loob, aims to provide social equity to former members of the CPP-NPA-NDF and the Militia ng Bayan to reintegrate them into mainstream society. — PA


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