Asuncion, DDN—Two members of the New People’s Army surrendered to the elements of Bravo and Charlie Companies of the 60th Infantry Battalion; bringing along their high-powered firearms at Kapalong, Davao del Norte on Sunday and Laak, Compostela Valley Province on Monday respectively.
Aka “Toto”, 29 years old, and a resident of Brgy Gupitan, Kapalong is a high ranking member of Front Committee 34 while aka “Boyet”, 38 years old, and a resident of Brgy Datu Davao, Laak, CVP, is a member of the same committee under Maximo Catarata aka “Makatindog”. Toto brought with him his Garand Rifle and Boyet his M14 Rifle.
Toto’s and Boyet’s surrender was facilitated by their respective local tribal chieftains. Their tribal chieftains initially made contact with the nearest CAFGU Active Auxiliary Detachment before bringing them to 60IB.
Accordingly, both Toto and Boyet said that the NPA promised them that they will support their family by giving financial support or SUPAMIL (Suporta sa Pamilya) monthly. However, this promise was broken. They finally decided to quit because of the disintegrating system (“di klarong kalakaran”) within the organization pulled off by their own leaders. They also accounted their difficulties treading the mountains during their offensive operations. "I want to go back to my normal life with my family," Toto said in the vernacular.
Both have already been brought to the hospital for physical and medical examination and to the police for blotter procedure. Their respective LGUs also committed to provide the necessary assistance to aid them as they return to their normal life.
Toto and Boyet is currently undergoing custodial interview with the 60IB.
Months earlier, over 60 NPA members from Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley have also voluntarily surrendered to the 60IB; some of them with firearms. Several other firearms and explosives were also recovered through focus military and intelligence operations.
Toto and Boyet will be enrolled to the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) where they can receive immediate cash and livelihood assistance. They will also receive additional remuneration for the firearms that they have surrendered.
60IB Commander, Lt. Col. Emmanuel Canilla, said that it is crucial that they surrender with their firearms so those left behind (in the NPA) will not have the means to cause further harm. “If they leave with their firearms behind, that firearm may still be used by the other NPA criminals to terrorize our people and communities.