At least seven ranking officers and members of New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered with their weapons to military authorities, an Army official said Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Jaime Datuin, commanding officer of the Army’s 75th Infantry (Marauder) Battalion, identified the surrendered rebels by their aliases “Ka Pitong”, “Ka Nina”, “Ka Bal”, “Ka Cesar”, “Ka Barako”, “Ka Renny” and “Ka Kamandag”.
Datuinsaid two of those who surrendered were squad leaders from Guerilla Front 14 (GF 14) of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee operating in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur provinces.
The rebels formalized their return to the fold of law when they took their “oath of allegiance” to the government during a ceremony at the 75th IB headquarters in Rosario, Agusan del Sur on November 4, he added.
Last week, three NPA rebels in Surigao del Sur also voluntarily surrendered to the 75th IB and vowed to help the government’s peace and development program.
According to Datuin said the surrenderees will be processed for them to avail of the enhanced comprehensive local integration program (E-CLIP) which includes the following benefits: P15,000.00 for immediate cash assistance; P 50,000.00 for livelihood assistance; and P 90,000.00 – P 95,000.00 for firearms (depending on the type of firearm) and access to other government assistance.
“The successive numbers of NPA surrenders in our battalion are all assisted with the benefits they receive from the support of the government leaders for their livelihood assistance. I am grateful for these attainments of our unit and to their full participation,” Datuin said.
“As always, I highly encourage those who are still actively participating in the activities of the CPP-NPA to cease and bring their weapons to our unit. This mission of the Armed Forces will be unceasing as long as there are threats and we could recognize any movements of the rebellion. I am very happy for people who participate in the AFP’s mission for this will certainly reduce crimes and our province will become progressive.”
The army official called on those who continually support the CPP-NPA to grab the opportunity and privileges that the government provides as assistance.
For his part, Brig. Gen. Andres C. Centino, commanding general of the Army’s 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade, commended the 75th “Marauder” troopers for another job well done.
“My deepest and great appreciation to the Marauder Battalion for their achievements in helping the 4ID’s mission. These accomplishments are basically the consequence of sustaining our intelligence,” Centino said. By CLC