Army troopers under the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion in Surigao del Sur captured a sack of CPP-NPA-NDFP’s News Magazines and Books at the vicinity of Sitio Igis-igis, Brgy. Cancavan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur yesterday, October 8, 2018, around 9 o’clock in the evening.
A total of 28 Books espousing the Mao Ze Dong Teachings, 392 News Magazines of “Ang Bayan,” and 195 news magazines of Lingkawas to be used for propaganda and teach-ins in order to entice recruitment from the civilian populace were captured by the troops of 36th Infantry Battalion (IB).
The 36IB troopers successfully captured the said reading materials when it conducted a security patrol in response to a tip from a concerned citizen in the barangay that a contraband supposedly coming from the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) was dropped-off and ready for pick up.
It can be recalled that sometime in the year 2017, the troops also captured a number of CNT uniforms due to a tip also from a civilian populace in the said barangay.
Captain Francisco P. Garello, Jr. PA, the 36IB Spokesperson said that these reading materials coming from the CNTs are vital indicators that they are recruiting in the barangays.
“They use this to shape the hearts and minds of the people so that they could entice them in joining their group. This only validates our statements that their organization is already falling apart due to massive surrenders and setbacks that they are in need of fresh recruits,” he added.
In the statement of Lt. Colonel Xerxes A. Trinidad PA, Commanding Officer of the 36IB, he said that the discovery upon the tip from a concerned citizen coming from the barangay is a manifestation that the community does not want the CNTs.
“These kinds of materials agitate the minds of innocent civilians especially our youth. Teachings in the books and feature stories in the magazines are one of the tool and strategy of the CNTs to entice supporters and fuel the emotions in order to exploit vulnerabilities,” he added.
“I commend my troops in the capture of the CNTs recruitment materials. This can spoil their plan in propagating their terrorist organization and destroy the lives of the Filipino people. Let us unite and be alert on the CNTs manipulation thru this kind of deceptions to lure desirable recruits,” Lt. Colonel Trinidad said further.
Meanwhile, the Army, particularly the 36IB, is continuously conducting Information Education Campaign to discourage people from joining the terrorist group and aware them of their recruitment strategies in all sectors of the society. (36th Infantry Battalion)