On February 02, 2019, certain A.K.A Joshua, a nineteen (19) year old full time member of New People’s Army voluntarily surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel Esteveyn E Ducusin, Battalion Commander of 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion at Headquarters of 71st IB in Purok 8, Brgy. Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province.
A.K.A Joshua is a resident of Maco, Compostela Valley. He is a Team Leader of Squad 2, Abe, Pulang Bagani Command 6 (PBC6), Sub-Regional Committee 2 (SRC2) in Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC).
During the debriefing, he uncovered that a certain A.K.A Roy recruited him with a deceiving story about the ruthless government and its officials who do nothing but to oppress the underprivileged.
As a part of the underground movement, he underwent Araling Aktibista (ARAK), Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB), Gimbuhatong Masa (GM), Demokratikong Rebolusyon sa Katawhan (DRK), Batayang Oryentasyong Masa (BOM) and Organizing Group (OG). He was then designated as Squad Supply Officer and later on became a Squad Leader. He also revealed his involvement during the burning of tunnel at Sitio Palali, Brgy. Golden Valley, Mabini, Compostela Valley.
Further, he exposed that the organization plans to create group in every barangay while Martial Law is still implemented to gain more recruits fronting the issues against martial law.
Lieutenant Colonel Ducusin said, “NPAs and other anti-government recruits are now coming back to the folds of law because they have open their eyes that NPA’s art of deception will bring no good to them. Because of the continuous massive surrender, the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) thru its fronting lining groups are desperately throwing baseless issues to stop our momentum of winning the peace but the Kaibigan Battalion remains steadfast in calling more NPAs to surrender so all of us can experience a peaceful and productive life”
“Whosoever wants a peaceful life, we are willing to help you,” Ducusin added.