Thirteen former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) Communist terrorist group formalized their return to the folds of law the when they took their “Oath of Allegiance” to the government and were enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) during a ceremony in Tanauan, Batangas, Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
Ten of the 13 NPAs who surrendered were members of Platoon Jupiter, while two were from Platoon Galaxy, both of Sub-Regional Military Area (SRMA) 4C, Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC) operating in Batangas and Cavite; and one from Tarlac- Zambales Guerilla Front.
One of the rebel returnees with high position said that he was fighting the government forces for almost 21 years and nothing happened to their cause. “It was two decades waste of time and opportunities. Many our comrades lost their lives in fighting and we also lost some of our families”, he added.
The identities of the 13 NPAs are withheld for security reasons. The surrenderors turned-over the following fire arms: two (2) M16 rifles, one (1) AK47 rifle, one (1) M79 rifle, four (4) caliber .45 pistols, one Cal .38 revolver pistol and one (1) 9mm pistol.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr, Commander of the 202nd Infantry (UNIFIER) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over CALABARZON, said that the event sends an underlying message that the insurgency in Batangas is now on the verge of collapse.
“This is the result of the close coordination and collaboration between and among the security sector, government agencies, business entities, local government units and the general public”, he added.
Major General Rhoderick M Parayno AFP, Commander, 2ID lauded the efforts of the 730th Combat Group, Philippine Air Force under Major Engelberto A Nioda Jr, Group Commander, who was instrumental to the surrender of the NPA terrorists in Batangas.
Lieutenant General Danilo G Pamonag AFP, Commander of SOLCOM, urges the remaining members of the NPA to surrender and live a normal and peaceful life with their families. “We have the E-CLIP to provide assistance. A former rebel can receive the following benefits: 15,000 pesos immediate cash assistance, 50,000 pesos livelihood assistance, access to housing, and firearms remuneration, medical assistance, access to loans, legal assistance among others,” he added. SOLCOM