The 36th Infantry Battalion on Monday announced the surrender of a ranking member of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in the borders of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur.
Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad, 36th IB commanding officer based in Tago, Surigao del Sur, identified the rebel as Jomar Mapando alias Peter, the supposed vice platoon leader of the NPA’s Guerilla Front 14 under the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
Mapando yielded one homemade shoutgun, a .357 pistol and rounds of ammunition for .357 and documents with high intelligence value.
“Alias Peter decided to surrender because he was dismayed with their corrupt leaders and deceived by the false promises and experienced miserable life while inside the organization as he needs to endure less food and always on the run to evade government troops.” Trinidad said in a statement.
Mapando would be given financial and livelihood assistance through the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
Trinidad thanked the former rebel for realizing that no future awaits him as long as he stays with the terrorist group.
He also appealed to other rebels to do the same.
“The CNT leadership is in the verge of collapse as the organization has been experiencing a dilemma due to low state of morale and continuous surrenders of their leaders. We urge remaining CNT members to finally lay down their arms and live peaceful and normal lives with their loved ones,” he said
“Abandon your maligned armed struggle and help the government bring development and long and lasting peace in our community.” By CLC