A high-ranking officer of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) including his two sons submitted themselves to the Philippine Army’s 11th Infantry Battalion (11IB) and Philippine National Police on Sunday, October 17, at Sitio Nahayag, Barangay Talalak in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.
Lieutenant Colonel Roderick R. Salayo, 11IB commanding officer, identified the surrenderees as alias Kol/Reynald, team leader of South East Front (Dismantled), Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, with his sons alias Emman, 23, and Junie, 20, who are both members of Yunit Militia.
They surrendered one unit of M14 single bolt action without markings with defaced serial number and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
They also disclosed a lack of support from their leaders and false promises of the communist terrorist group which made them realize to get back to the folds of the law.
“We will never be tired of supplementing the needs of the surrenderees to restore their allegiance to the government,” Salayo said.
Brigadier General Leonardo I. Peña, meanwhile, said, “The government and the Army are ready to embrace and welcome you back in your normal life. Also, I would like to thank the various government agencies behind Provincial and Municipal Task Forces to End Local Communist and Armed Conflict for their relentless effort in fighting against these long decades of local armed conflict. Let us choose together the road to peace and progress.”
Furthermore, the surrenderees will be enrolled in the government’s Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program to avail financial and livelihood assistance./WDJ