4 NPA militias surrender, yield 4 firearms in Iligan CityMarch 3, 2019
CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Four New People’s Army (NPA) Militia ng Bayan have voluntarily surrendered in Barangay Rogongon, Iligan City Thursday, February 28, a belated military report said.
The surrender of the four NPA militias was facilitated by the combined efforts of the Army’s 51st Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Jasper Edward Obar, and the 5th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Ryan Severo.
The four had also yielded four firearms: one US M1 Garand rifle, one carbine rifle, one 9mm Ingram sub-machine gun, and one shotgun as well as magazines and ammunition.
“Based on the revelation of the four militias, they decided to surrender because of the hardships they are experiencing in the mountains and they are tired of hiding from the government forces conducting military operations,” said Obar.
They also learned about the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) where all the stakeholders are working together in order to help renew the life of the former rebels.
“We also heard about the E-CLIP of the government which is intended for those who will return to the folds of the government that’s why we decided to surrender to the soldiers”, in dialect said alias Rebi, one of the returnees.
“We warmly welcome the four NPA militias who realized that their lives with the Communist NPA Terrorist will lead nowhere. We will ensure that they will be provided with the necessary assistance through E-CLIP,” said Col. Ezra James Enriquez, commander of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the troops for the surrender of the NPA militias.
“We encourage other NPAs to return to the folds of the law and help us in sustaining the development programs of our government,” Ancan said.
“We are calling them to bring down their firearms and avail of the E-CLIP of the government and enjoy their life together with their families”, Ancan concluded. (Daphne Santuyo)