Former members of NPA-allied groups return to the government’s fold | Courtesy of 2ID, PA, AFP
RIZAL, Philippines – Six members of the New People’s Army (NPA)-allied groups voluntarily surrendered to the military in Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday (October 16).
In a press release issued by the 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army dated October 17, Lt. Col. Dennis Gutierrez said his men from the 4th IB along with the local police in Occidental Mindoro facilitated their surrender.
The returnees include four members of the Milisyang Bayan (MB) and two members of the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SKL).
“The MB is the armed component of the NPA tasked to conduct annihilatory activities against the government forces while the Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) is the political organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the barangay that provides mandates on the Arouse Organize Mobilize (AOM) tactics of the NPA,” the report said.
Gutierrez said the identities of the returnees were not disclosed as they are considered classified information.
The returnees admitted they have grown frustrated with NPA’s propaganda and false ideals so they decided to surrender and live peacefully with their families under the government’s care.
Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr, the Commander of the 203rd Infantry Brigade who has operational jurisdiction over Mindoro Island, meanwhile, credited the mass surrender to the members of the community in the area who have been cooperative of their efforts of community-based negotiations.
Major General Rhoderick Parayno, the Commander of the 2ID, PA also commended the efforts of the 4IB troops against the NPA terrorists in the area.
Gutierrez is set to formally present the returnees to the LGUs and other government agencies in Mindoro.
Returnees are entitled to a number of benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) including immediate cash assistance.
Other benefits include government loan which provides educational benefits that can be extended to the returnees’ immediate family members. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)