A notorious collector of the New People’s Army’s extortion activities and mass organizer voluntarily surrendered to 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion on 16 January 2019, 10:00 o’clock in the morning.
A certain A.K.A Fiona, 42 years old, married and resident of Brgy. Saranga, Maragusan surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel Esteveyn E Ducusin, Commander of 71st IB at Purok 8, Brgy. Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province.
During an interview, A.K.A Fiona revealed that she is the current collector of Sub-Regional Committee 2 (SRC 2) and former Sub-section Secretary and Council of Hugpong Mag-uuma sa Walog Compostela (HUMAWAC). Target of their extortion activities are businessmen, politicians, mining and logging sector and store owners wherein the collection will be remitted to their higher command in the region.
A.K.A Fiona also revealed that she was tasked to organize people to join in different mass demonstrations against the government which were organized by A.K.A Nante, A.K.A Leni and A.K.A Jing.
Some of the Rallies she participated are the Rally in Freedom Park, Davao City last 2014 with the theme “Ipanghatag ang Bugas sa Kabos”, Rally at Panacan, Davao City with the theme “Pahawaon ang mga sundalo sa kabukiran”, Mass Rally during the burial of A.K.A Parago, Rally at Ateneo De Davao University and Freedom Park, Davao City last 2015 with the theme “Itaas ang sweldo ng mga namumuo”, five (5) times joining the rally at Lapanday Food Corporation in Tagum City since 2016 and rally at Panacan Davao City in commemoration of Martial Law.
A.K.A Fiona said that because of fear she was forced to join in the useless armed struggle and stayed there for almost five (5) years. According to her, it is the reason why her husband is in jail. She realized that it ruins her family and with her stay in the Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT), nothing good happened to their lives.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Esteveyn E Ducusin, Commanding Officer of the 71st IB expressed his gratitude for the continue surrender to his battalion. “We are committed and more than willing to accommodate CNT members who wants to go back to their normal lives and take part on peace building for progress and development”, said by Ducusin.
“The surrender of this NPA organizer and collector is a big hurt in the CNTs. It proves that they are now insignificant as they keep on losing their manpower and support. As our unit continues in gaining the trust and confidence of the people and Former Rebels, we will expect more surrenderees for the coming days”, Ducusin added.