In a statement, Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, Jr. said the Joint Task Force Central welcomed seven NPA members who surrendered in Sultan Kudarat on November 28, 2020.
Four of the surrendered personalities came from the Platoon My Phone, East Daguma Front (EDF), Sub-regional Command (SRC) Daguma, Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR). They are identified as Bryan Berallo Bransuela, a.k.a. Jaypee and Julito Blag, a.k.a. Bert, both residents of Brgy Kuden, Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat; and Romel Manguda, a.k.a. Romel and Justie Mayao, a.k.a. Andel, both residents of Sitio Tudi, Barangay Legodon, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.
The three others are former members of the Larangan Guerilla Unit 3 (LGU3) of the EDF and they are identified as Joselito Kantem, a.k.a. Ariel and Bebeng Dimaog, both residents of Barangay Lagubang, Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat; and Daniel Policia, a resident of Barangay Midtungok, the same municipality.
“The successful surrender is attributable to the collective efforts of the 7th Infantry Battalion and the intelligence units,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr.
The surrendered personalities handed over one M14 US rifle, one Garand US rifle, one Carbine Caliber .30 M1, one Carbone Caliber .30mm Sniper rifle, one Caliber 30 M1 Garand rifle, one Caliber 45 pistol, and one Caliber .357 revolver.
During the initial interview, the seven revealed that they decided to surrender due to the hardships that they have experienced lately due to the pressure from military operations.
In his message, JTF Central Commander Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy said, “We continue to gain grounds and sustain the momentum because of the unwavering support of the local government and the peace-loving people of Sultan Kudarat”. WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND