Tago, Surigao del Sur – A CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) leader from this municipality voluntarily surrendered to the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion bringing along nine (9) Anti-Personnel Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at Headquarters 36IB, Sitio Upper Mambago, Brgy Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur at about 12:30 in the afternoon, March 11, 2018.
The CNT leader was identified as Edwin Martinez Coquilla alias JEMAR, 21y/o, single, and a resident of Purok 1, Brgy Cabangahan, Tago, Surigao del Sur. A former Squad Leader of the Platoon 1, SRSDG 2130 (Westland) of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
According to Edwin, “Na-accidental ko sako kauban sa taas og sugod ato nisamot og kalisod ako kahimtang busa napugos ko nga munaog og mitago na lamang. Apan midesisyon ko og sorender arun makadangop kog kagawasan og modili na sa magsoporta sa teroristang gropo sigon sa akong nakit-an pod nga masaligan diay ang mga sondalo og nabatian nako nga anaay programa sa mga rebeldi nga mubalik sa sabakan sa balaod, said in a vernacular.
The surrender of Edwin was due to the hardship he experienced which forced him to go into hiding in his barangay for a long time. He brought along the IEDs still in his possession and revealed that he was tired supporting the CPP-NPA Terrorist and have heard that there are programs of the government for the rebels that he could avail.
LTC XERXES A TRINIDAD INF (GSC) PA, 36IB Commanding Officer, said that “the use of IEDs once again proves the terrorist tag of the CPP-NPA Terrorist as it continuously violates the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect to Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). This substantiates that the terrorist group does not really honor an agreement with its blatant disregard to commitment in forging a long and lasting peace agreement with the government”.
“This is only the beginning of the more surrenders in our area of operation. The growing sentiments and trend of the people who are really tired in this vicious cycle of deceit, fear, and violence by the CPP-NPA Terrorist will bring this insurgency to an end. We encourage, once again, the remaining members of the terrorist group to take the path of peace and lay down their arms in order to live a joyful and peaceful life with their family”, LTC TRINIDAD added.