Tago, Surigao del Sur – Sixty four (64) members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist and their mass supporters from Sitio Ibuan, Brgy Mampi, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur voluntarily surrendered to the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion before the 50th NPA Anniversary and pledged their Loyalty and Allegiance to the Government and declaring the barangay as cleared from CPP- NPA terrorist influence held at Sitio Ibuan, Brgy Mampi, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur today, 25 March 2019 at 9 o'clock in the morning,.
The sixty four (64) members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist are composed of twenty seven (27) NPA leaders and members, thirteen (13) Milisyang Bayan, and twenty four (24) couriers and mass supporters who are all residents of Sitio Ibuan, Brgy Mampi, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur.
It can be recalled that Sitio Ibuan of Barangay Mampi has a deep history of CPP-NPA infiltration which led them to be the stronghold in Northeastern Mindanao, particularly in the province of Surigao del Sur.
The continuous immersion efforts of the 36th IB unmasked the propaganda of the CPP-NPA terrorist thru its Community Support Program (CSP). As a result, twenty three (23) CPP-NPA terrorist members voluntarily surrendered to the government last March 2018 and availed the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), a government intervention package to former rebels.
In an interview with Mrs Thelma Salazar, one of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNT’s) leader and mass organizer who voluntarily surrendered, she expressed her resentments in joining the CPP-NPA terrorist for the decades of deception she suffered from the organization. She called for the CPP-NPA to stop the propaganda to their lumad community and asked them to lay down their arms and abandon their futile struggle against the government.
LTC XERXES A TRINIDAD INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, 36IB said that “the mass surrenders are the result of the military’s relentless combat operations against the CPP-NPA terrorists and the immersions of Community Support Program Teams in CNT affected areas within the 36IB area of operation.”
"The CNT operating in the province of Surigao del Sur is in the verge of collapse as they are continuously losing mass base support, hence, making it useless to celebrate their 50th NPA Anniversary this coming 29 March 2019. Without the support of the masses, their plans of violent attacks and atrocities to the communities are doomed to fail. They have become irrelevant.
In this light, we call on to the remaining CNT leaders and members to abandon their armed struggle and join the government in attaining a long lasting peace together with their loved ones”, Lt Col Trinidad added. The 64 CNT members and supporters who surrendered will be processed and validated for enrollment to the E-CLIP, a government intervention program for former rebels.
The Provincial Local Government Unit of Surigao del Sur has welcomed their actions and provided them with food packs as immediate assistance.
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