FORT MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA ECIJA – A total of 36 underground members of Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) voluntarily surrendered to the 81st Infantry (Spartan) Battalion, 7ID, PA on September 23, 2018 in Ilocos Sur.
Nine members of Kabataang Makabayan, a CTG solid mass organization in Barangay Legazpi, Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur surrendered to the 81IB Community Support Program (CSP) team, in the presence of Barangay Officials.
10 other members of Kabataang Makabayan and 17 members of Samahang Magsasaka, surrendered during the same day at Brgy. Bugnay, Candon City, Ilocos Sur to the 81IB CSP team, also in the presence of Barangay Officials.
Said surrenderees will be presented today to their respective Municipal Mayors.
It is a known fact that mass organizations such as the ones previously mentioned often become the breeding ground for CTGs. They take advantage of the youth’s idealism and thirst for adventure. For other groups, they fuel the issues and exploit their weakness.
In a separate event, 81IB recovered two high powered firearms, two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and war materiel at Sitio Aguid, Brgy. Agawa, Besao, Mt. Province on September 22, 2018 at around 5:50 p.m.
Former CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) Antonio Tabling alias Andy who surrendered to the 81IB last July, voluntarily provided information on the location of firearms and other war materiel.
Major General Felimon T. Santos, Jr., the 7ID Commander, said that it is never too late to change. But the earlier it is done, the better so that they will have plenty of time to live in peace with their families. He assured that surrenderees will be welcomed and protected. For those who insist on continuing with their twisted beliefs, they better be ready for they will be dealt with the full force of the law.