Minor recruited by NPA surrenders

Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) under the Narciso Antaso Aramil Command operating in Bulacan, voluntarily surrendered to the 48th Infantry (GUARDIANS) Battalion on September 11, 2019.

The surrenderee that goes by several aliases (Supremo/LJ/Lovely) is just 17 years old and is from Balagtas, Bulacan.

Through the efforts of the 48IB, which is under the operational control of the 703rd Infantry Brigade, alias LJ voluntarily went with government troops to undergo routine interviews at the said unit’s Headquarters in Pulong Sampaloc, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan.

When interviewed, alias LJ revealed that she was still 15 years old when she was recruited to join the NPA. She said that she was initially integrated to the Eduardo Dagle Command, an NPA unit operating in Batangas in 2016.

In 2017 and 2018, she was integrated into the ANAKBAYAN and KADAMAY in Bulacan, respectively, and was among those who forcibly occupied the NHA housing project in Pandi. Then in late 2018, she was assigned to the Narciso Antaso Aramil Command that operates in Bulacan, until her surrender.

Alias LJ said that she was tired of the life that rebels have and wanted to live a normal life with her family. She also revealed that her NPA group was always moving from one place to another, while her life as a member of AKBAYAN and KADAMAY evolved around conducting rallies in Bulacan and Metro Manila.

Major General Lenard T. Agustin AFP, Commander of the 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army, said, “The story of LJ is a clear manifestation of the NPA’s continuous deception & manipulation of minors, and the connection between and among, ANAKBAYAN, KADAMAY & the NPA. It shows that these organizations are of the same color, that they do not respect the rights of children.”

ANAKBAYAN, KADAMAY, and NPA are organizations that sow discontent and hatred among Filipinos, as a precursor of overthrowing the current form of the government thru armed struggle, and change it into a socialist form.

“As the whole nation works together to put an end to the armed conflict being advocated by the local communist, more rebels are expected to return to the folds of the law. Sooner or later, they will realize the futility of their twisted cause, like LJ. The 7ID is serious about ending the insurgency once and for all in its area of responsibility. So, for those who want to surrender, do it now, while you still have the opportunity to do so,” Major General Agustin added.