NPA member rescued by Army troops in Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 10 -- An armed member of the New People’s Army (NPA) Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) 16C2, Guerilla Front16, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) who ran away from the said terrorist group was rescued by the troops of 30th Infantry (Fight On) Battalion, Philippine Army, bringing along with him his M14 rifle after a firefight transpired in Serinihon, Brgy. Camp Edward, Alegria, Surigao del Norte, morning of March 5, 2021.

The said NPA member revealed after he was successfully rescued that he decided to escape and liberate from the group as he was fed up with the lies and failed promises of the NPA terrorists. Upon learning also the benefits and the seriousness of the government to help former rebels through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Programs (ECLIP), he has finally decided to return to the fold of the law.  

Necessary information about the ECLIP including contact numbers has been massively disseminated by the 30IB troops through its regular radio programs that reached the far-flung areas of the Battalion’s area of operations. The troops also distributed leaflets in an effort to reach out the NPA’s active members and to provide them with means to contact the said army troopers and other government agencies.

Prior to the encounter the said NPA member reached out to the 30IB's hotline number while he was on his way out from the NPA terrorist group and being chased by several of his ex-comrades.  

Responding to the said information, the unit sent out a patrol to purposely extricate the said defecting NPA member. While approaching the designated meeting place, the government troops encountered more or less seven NPA members of SYP16C2, GF16.

The encounter lasted for about ten minutes of giving the said defecting NPA an opportunity to further secure himself along with his issued M14, seven magazines with 21 live ammunitions and one bandolier. 

Meanwhile, the 30IB troops successfully secured and brought him safely at the headquarters in Brgy Mahanub, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte. He is now under the custody of 30IB for proper documentation and processing of his benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

“Malisod di ya kahimtang ka banwa daw anisab kanaong na batian nga madajaw sa ya kahimyang na mga kaibahan nga mingbaba ka una. Daw nakitan sab nao nga wara ya kahamjangan ka kalihukan agun min baba koman hao kay para maka hula ka mahamjang. (The situation in the mountain is hard. I’ve heard that my former comrades who surrendered before are now living peacefully and I also noticed that there is no better life in the armed struggle. So, that’s the reason for my surrender in order to live peacefully)," the defecting NPA lamented.

Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Charles G. Callanta, commanding Officer of 30IB, said that “the fateful incident is a clear manifestation that NPA ranks are slowly disintegrating, making most of their ordinary members tired and fed up with the endless false promises and lies by its leaders giving them empty hopes."

"One can imagine how hard it is to being always on the run, hiding, when tiredness and hunger crept in, how can one endure these situations? Amidst of this, we continue to urge the remaining active NPA members to decide and embrace the path of peace and avail the governments’ reintegration program, the ECLIP. Rest assured that we will assist them along with the respective LGUs of Surigao del Norte to renew their lives and build their future with their families and loved ones through the foundation of peace, free from fear and intimidations,” he said. (Capt. Joash Pramis, 901st Infantry Brigade/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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