28 NPA terrorists, supporters in Tandag give up arms

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur — A total of 28 Communist New People’s Army terrorists (CNTs) composed of regular members, Milisya ng Bayan affiliates, and mass supporters voluntarily surrendered to the Community Support Program (CSP) team of the 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion (36IB) in Sitio Banahao, Barangay Maitum, this city on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, an army official confirmed.

According to 36IB Civil-Military Operation Officer Lt. Jonald Romorosa, the said surrenderees are all residents of Sitio Banahao. Romorosa claimed that the CNTs manipulated the IP community of their ideology and propaganda.

“The CSP team unmasked the propaganda and deceptive strategy of the CNTs on the ground, through the immersion efforts of the troops,” said Romorosa.

Alias Lim, a former Squad Leader of Squad 2, Platoon 2 of the weakened Guerilla Front 30, said he suffered so much hardship from the organization (CNTs). He then called for the CNTs to stop the propaganda to their community. He also urged them to lay down their arms and abandon their futile struggle against the government.

Meanwhile, 36IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad said the mass surrender in Surigao del Sur is the result of the military’s relentless combat operation against the CNTs and the immersion of the CSP Teams to the CNT-affected areas.

“The CNT operating in the province of Surigao del Sur is on the verge of collapse as they are continuously losing mass base support. We are expecting more to surrender from this development where the community started to realize the CNTs’ deception and their futile armed struggle,” said Lt. Col. Trinidad.