TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 11 (PIA) -- Four members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-Terrorist (CNT) have surrendered to government forces, said an official from the 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB).
Civil Military Operations Officer Lt. Jonald Romorosa of the 36IB bared that one CNT member from Platoon 8, Guerilla Front 19, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Party Committee voluntarily surrendered without firearms to 36IB Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad on Jan. 1.
The surrenderee was a resident of Barangay Libertad, Butuan City.
The other three gave themselves up to the 36th IB Advance Command Post based in Barangay Magroyong, San Miguel town last Wednesday, Jan. 9. The surrenderers reportedly brought along with them the two homemade shotgun.
The military did not disclose the identities of the returnees for security reasons, adding that one of the returnees held a high position in the NPA.
LTC Trinidad, quoting one of the surrenderers, said the former rebels could no longer stomach the extortion activities that they were forced to do against their fellow impoverished countrymen and the promises that were never fulfilled by the organization.
"We call on to the remaining CPP-NPA terrorist leaders to surrender and return to the folds of the law. Lay down your arms and surrender, not just for your own sake, but rather, for your own family and loved ones. Abandon your maligned armed struggle and help the government bring development and long and lasting peace in our community," he said.
As surrenderees, the four would be enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the national government. Under the E-Clip, an NPA surrenderee can immediately receive P15,000 cash assistance and P50,000 livelihood assistance.
They can also avail of firearms remuneration and housing, livelihood, and legal assistance among other forms of help from the government. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)