Another batch of New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the military in Sitio Cosep, Brgy. Bayugan, Rosario, Agusan del Sur Wednesday.
The five also gave up their firearms to the government.
The fives surrenderees were identified as Ernesto Nadala alias Edi, Samuel Pagaran alias Tonex, Elden Tiin alisa Connie/KC, Ronie Pardilo also Philip, and Necel Pau-as alias Neneng, who are all resident of Sitio Cosep.
They laid down three (3) firearms to with one (1) Cal 38 with six (6) rounds ammunition; one (1) Improvised Cal 22 Rifle and one (1) Improvised Shotgun with three (3) rounds ammunition.
“The recent act of submitting oneself of the MBs to the government authority with their firearms shows a clear sign that our brothers in the far flung communities were already enlightened with the NPA propaganda through the efforts of our Community Support Program,” Lieutenant Colonel Jaime R. Datuin, 7th Infantry Battalion commanding officers said.
“I will not be tired in appealing to the remaining Communist rebels to lay down your arms, mamuhay ng tahimik at matiwasay kapiling ang inyong mahal sa buhay. Sama-sama tayong buhayin ang kapayapaan at pagbibigayan, ibahagi natin at iparating din sa kaalaman ng mga hindi pa sumusuko na may maliwanag na pag-asa kasabay ng kanilang pagsuko at pagbabago tungo sa ikauunlad ng kanilang buhay sa pamamagitan ng prebilehiyong ibibigay ng pamahalaan sa lahat ng rebel returnees.” Datuin added.
Brigadier General Andres Centino, 401st brigade commander for his part promised to continue fighting insurgency by bringing development to the hinterland areas.
“Our Community Support Team are not on war or enemy confrontation, they are here to support the development of disaster/conflict resiliency in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas and to strengthen the barangay based institution to ensure efficient delivery of basic services and sustain the support of the government to the people,” Brig. Gen. Centino said.