Arakan, North Cotabato- 12:00 noon December 12, 2017 a member of the NPA surrenders together with his m1 carbine rifle to the troops of 39th Infantry Battalion due to discontent in the corruption within the communist organization.
Danny Lauda Andip or also known as "Berni" is the Squad Finance Logistic Officer of Squad Abe, Front Committee 53 for one year.
Berni revealed that alias "Jecko", his NPA commander is pocketing the cash that were promised to them when joining the NPA. He further added that the budget for food supplies given by Jecko are so little despite of the many extortion that the communist group are doing.
"Sigi ingon ang NPA nga ang Gobyerno ang kurakot, pero ang tinuod nga istorya sila ang kurakot". The NPA always tell that the Government is corrupt but the real story is they are corrupt. Berni said.
The surrender of Berni is made possible through the effort of a tribal leader in the locality of Arakan Valley.
Berni through the DILG will undergo the Comprehensive Localized Integration Program offered to the Former Rebels.
Ltc Harold Argamosa noted that many NPA members had become prey from the propaganda of these communist organization. The challenge is on how to reach this individual inorder for them to be enlightened from these communist deceit.
"We are always open for those NPA that would like to surrender, there are many ways in addressing your issues, taking up arms should not be the choice" Ltc Argamosa said.