Ten members of NPA surrendered to Marine Battalion Landing Team 7 (MBLT-7) led by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Baylon in Upi, Maguindanao on March 5. The surrender is amid Joint Task Force Central’s relentless pursuit operations.
According to Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM), the NPAs affirmed the resentful system of NPA of merely propagating lies to the Teduray people in the Municipality of Upi.
They were were members of the NPA squad Primera led by Cesar Marcos Manguda a.k.a Commander Amina/Alas of the Cherry Mobile Platoon, Guerilla Front 73 operating in the municipalities of Lebak and Kalamansig, all of Sultan Kudarat Province.
They turned over two AK47 rifles, one M16 rifle, one hand grenade, and assorted ammunition.
“Ang inyong Marine Battalion Landing Team-7 ay kaagapay ng ating mga kapatid na minsa’y naligaw ng landas patungo sa kanilang pagbabalik-loob at pagbabagong buhay,” said Lieutenant Colonel Baylon.
Joint Task Force Central Commander Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana welcomed the former rebels and assured that if they are eligible, they may avail the E-CLIP of the government for them to start a new life with their families.
“Our intensified efforts through combat operations and information disseminations against terrorist group with the support of all local chief executives and other stakeholders encourage more the rebels to surrender,” Major General Sobejana said.