70 more disgruntled NPA Militias in Iloilo surrender

ILOILO CITY, May 25 (PIA) – A total of 70 News People’s Army (NPA) Militias from the province of Iloilo denounced the communist terrorist ideology and atrocities and surrender to the government.

Their return to the folds of the law was formalized in a simple ceremony held at Camp Monteclaro in Barangay Igtuba, Miagao, Iloilo on Monday, May 24, 2021, said 30st Brigade Civil-Military Operations Officer Capt. Hazel Joy Durotan in a press release.

Of the 70 NPA Militias who surrendered to the 61st Infantry Battalion’s Community Support Program (CSP) team, 17 came from Miagao town, six from Leon town, 26 from Tubungan town and 21 from the municipality of San Joaquin, Durotan said.

The surrenderers also turned over 69 low powered firearms and one high powered firearm.

Present during the activity ceremony were 3rd Infantry Division Assistant Commander Brig. General Noel Baluyan, 301st Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Marion Sison, 61IB Commanding Officer Col. Joel Benedict Batara, Western Visayas Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Spokesperson and RTF Legal Cooperation Cluster head Prosecutor Flosemer Chris Gonzales, Miagao mayor Mac Napulan, Leon Sangguniang Bayan member Josephine Marquez.

Also in attendance during the event were San Joaquin Municipal Administrator Leo Satana, Tubugan Public Employment Services Officer Emelyn Tano representing Mayor Roquito Tacsagon, Iloilo Police Provincial Office Deputy Provincial Director for Administration Police Pltc Romar Peregil, and Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 team led by Belinda Ho.

Part of the event was the signing of the wall of commitment and declaration of their oath of allegiance. Each of the former rebels also received family food packs and P5,000 cash assistance from DSWD 6.

Meanwhile, Sison said that the mass surrender of the former NPA in the barrio members is a strong indication that the Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) deception has lost its grip in their former strongholds.

He also assured the former rebels that the Army, local government units, and other government agencies will help them start a new and peaceful life.

“Your Army in Panay will always be your partner as you return to the folds of the law and start a new chapter of your lives together with your family. Now is the best time to embrace the culture of peace,” Sison said.

He urged them to join hands together to put an end to the error acts staged by the communists.

“Sama-sama nating wakasan ang terorismong dulot ng komunismo. Sa inyong pakiki-bayanihan, makakamit natin ang kapayapaan,” Sison said. (PIA6/301Bde-Philippine Army)

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

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