BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – Two (2) New People’s Army of the Weakened Guerilla Front 14, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (WGF14, NEMRC) surrender at Headquarters, 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion on Sunday, October 13, 2019.
The surrenderees were identified as AKA Ayek and AKA Billen of WGF14, NEMRC. The former rebels brought with them the following war materials: one (1) M1 Garand Rifle with eight (8) magazine clips loaded with forty-eight (48) rounds live ammunition, one (1) cal. 45 Colt with one (1) magazine, one (1) M16 Rifle (Colt) with one (1) steel short magazine with twenty (20) rounds live 5.56mm ammunition and one (1) cal. 45 with one (1) magazine. They surrendered to 75IB under the direct supervision of Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB. Further, the M16A1 rifle of AKA Billen was recovered through the joint intelligence effort of 75IB and the 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn).
Moreover, AKA Ayek revealed to the troops their arms cache wherein after the revelation the 75IB conducted special operation and discovered an arms cache and recovered one (1) 81mm mortar, bi-pad and improvised base plate, three (3) improvised shotgun with three (3) improvised magazines and twelve (12) live ammunition, one (1) ICOM radio and three (3) ICOM batteries, one (1) detonating switch, one (1) combat pack, assorted medicines and subversive documents.
During the dialogue, AKA Ayek voiced out why he surrendered to the government and said, “Nakapagdecide mi nga mosurrender sa gobyerno para sa among pamilya. Nga manginabuhi na meg malinawon ug normal kauban among pamilya nga di na mi sigeg tago ug dagan pa.” AKA Ayek ended.
Through the post Community Support Program (CSP) activities, intensified intelligence and focus military operations and with the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 which is the Whole-Of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in attaining sustainable peace and development through the Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support, the Philippine Army were able to entice the rebels to surrender and lead to the eventual dismantle of WGF14, NEMRC.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB said, “To the remaining Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs), come home now and surrender. There is always a chance and to live our life to the fullest. Your family is waiting for you. Let’s help each other with sincerity and love towards the attainment of peace and development in our country.” Lt. Col. Munda ended.