MAWAB, Compostela Valley – Thirteen (13) NPA terrorists’ supporters and one (1) Vice Commander voluntarily surrendered without firearm to LTC ESTEYVEN E DUCUSIN INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of 71st Infantry Battalion (IB) at H71IB Purok 8, Brgy Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province on February 3, 2018, 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.
The surrendered NPAs are all members of solid mass organization identified as Gilberto D Bustaliño alyas IPING, Simon G Gilo alyas IMON, Reel B Balbin alyas LONGLONG , Ellan B Oso alyas ELLAN, Elmer B Bongcales alyas ELMER, Elmer L Duterte alyas DODONG, Alfredo O Dosdos alyas FREDO, Ramil H Balbin alyas MIL, Allan M Costelo alyas ALLAN, Hilario P Inte alyas LARRY, Junre M Bongcales alyas JUN, John Ryan Babo alyas CHONG and Geraldo C Baro alyas ARNOLD, a former Vice Commander of Samahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP), Guerilla Front (GF27). Said personalities signified their intentions to embrace peace in their lives.
“We are very thankful to the support we are getting from the barangay officials and Indigenous People (IP) leaders in our Area of Operations who are now our partner in facilitating the NPA to surrender”, said Lieutenant Colonel Esteyven E Ducusin, the Commanding Officer of Army’s 71st Infantry Kaibigan Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.
“The significant number of NPAs who surrendered every day is a manifestation that the communist terrorist organization is irrelevant and people are tired of supporting them. Likewise, we continue our focused military operation to hunt down those Communist Terrorist who continue their violent acts against our constituents,” Ducusin added.
All units of 10th Infantry Division remain steadfast in performing its mandate to serve and protect the people in the Area of Responsibility.