IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon — Tired of running away from government forces, a couple from Barangay Kalabugao, turned themselves in to the 8th Infantry Battalion on Wednesday, October 16.
The couple identified as Alias Robert, 32 years old, and his legal wife Alias Nicole, 31 years old, were former Team Leader and Medic of the Squad 1, Platoon 1, of the Sub-Regional Sentro de Grabidad “PEDLER” Sub-Regional Committee 2 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Command.
The couple also yielded two AK47 rifles with four magazines and 80 live bullets.
“We are tired and afraid of our security inside and thought of our future if we stayed in the group so we decided to yield. The army troops are everywhere. We do not know what to do, where to go and whom to believe since even our leaders inside the organization are corrupt financially,” shared Nicole.
Robert and Nicole were the fifth NPA couple who surrendered to the 8th Infantry Battalion.
“We are happy to hear from the couple realizing that they were only carried away by the propaganda issues exploited by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Terrorist Group and that they had no good future if they remain in the group,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ronald M. Illana, Commanding Officer of 8th Infantry Battalion.
Illana said Robert and Nicole will be provided the necessary security assistance. The couple will also be enrolled in the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E CLIP) to prepare them as they go back to their community.
He also reiterated his call to the remnants of the Sub-Regional Sentro de Grabidad ‘PEDLER’ Sub-Regional Committee 2 to surrender saying the government is serious in its military operations to defeat terrorist groups.