14 CTG members surrender on the eve of AFP’s 85th Anniversary

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Cam.Sur, Dec. 23 (PIA) – On the eve of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) 85th Founding Anniversary, 14 members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), laid down their arms and expressed their intent to return to the folds of the law.

Photo credits: Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO), 9th Infantry Division, PA

In a press statement, CPT John Paul Belleza, Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) Spokesperson, said that leaders and members of CTG who surrendered were presented to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) committee in a simple but meaningful ceremony held at Sorsogon Police Provincial Office, Sorsogon City, Monday, December 21.

“We are happy that before the celebration of Christmas, our brothers who have somehow lost their way, returned to the folds of the law and expressed their desire to avail of the programs being offered by the government. They will be enrolled in the E-CLIP program which will grant them various benefits to help jump start their new lives,” Belleza added.

Aside from turning themselves in, the former rebels also handed one M16 rifle, one caliber .45 and one caliber .38 during the said ceremony.

Belleza also relayed the heart-warming and touching testimony made by “Malou,” one of the surrenderees.

“According to her, she is beyond grateful for the government's sincerity to help despite the treacherous acts committed by them against the communities and the innocent civilians,” the spokesperson said.

"Sabi po ng mga dati kong kasamahan sa Hukbo, kapag ang isang NPA na babae ay nagsurrender sila ay ginagahasa, binabalatan ng buhay, at binabaril. Pero napatunayan ko po sa aking pagsurrender na hindi naman po totoo 'yon,”Malou” revealed.

She also called out the CTG accusing the government of oppression when there are rampant extortion activities being done by their own members, abusing not only the business sector but also the poorest of the poor.

MGEN Henry A. Robinson, Jr. PA, 9ID Commander and Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) Chairperson, commended the 22nd Infantry Battalion (22IB) under Lt. Col. Nelson Mico and 903rd Infantry Brigade under BGEN Noe Alberto Peñafiel for their dedication in encouraging more rebels to surrender.

"This is yet another blow to the already waning capability of the CTG. Ngayon, mismong ang kanilang mga dating myembro na ang nagbibigay patunay sa paninirang ginagawa nila sa gobyerno samantalang sila ang totoong nagpapahirap sa mga mamamayan. Our intensified campaign to end local communist insurgency is unstoppable. Thus, we are expecting more communist NPA terrorists to return to the folds of the law especially that these former rebels vowed to help us win back their former comrades. Indeed, we will be celebrating a more meaningful Christmas this year and we are hopeful for 2021. The best is yet to come," MGen. Robinson said. (LSMacatangay, with reports from JPBelleza, 9ID DPAO-PIAV/Camarines Sur)




Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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