A female high ranking leader of the New People’s Army surrendered to the military late last week, according to a report from the Army’s 75 Infantry Battalion on Saturday.
Lt. Col. Jaime Datuin, 75IB commanding officer based in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, said Aileen Inayan Mission, 31, known by her aliases “Yvonn” and “Angie,” yielded amid heightened military operations in the province.
Datuin described Mission as a political officer for Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC), the regional unit of the NPAs covering Davao Region.
The alleged NPA leader turned over an M16 rifle with magazine and a homemade shotgun.
Mission said corruption, false hopes given by their leaders and the hardships she had been suffering in their hideouts in the mountains forced her to give up.
“I am so disappointed with the organization for not keeping its promise of support to the family what they call as SUPAMIL (Suporta para sa Pamilya) and our clamor for help just fell on deaf ears. I could recall that even when my child got sick, no support was extended for the medication,” she said.
Datuin lauded Mission’s decision to take the peaceful path of returning to the fold of the law and rebuild her life.
The returnee will be enrolled to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integrated Program (E-CLIP), which is part of the Duterte administration’s approach to ending the 50-year-old communist insurgency in the country, he said.
ECLIP provides former rebels with P15,000 cash assistance, P50,000 livelihood assistance, compensation for surrendered firearms, psycho-social support, skills training, shelter, and other forms of aid such as legal, employment, and medical assistance. By CLC