San Miguel, Surigao Del Sur – Ten Communist NPA Terrorists (CNT) have surrendered on Good Friday to the local government unit the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion of the Philippine Army said.
As incentive, the surenderees accordingly received P10,000 cash aid each from the San Miguel, Surigao Del Sur LGU during the awarding ceremony held at the municipal hall.
San Miguel Mayor Hazel H. Elizalde and Captain Julius James A. Gabaran, Commanding Officer of the 7th Special Forces “Spartans” Company and Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn), graced the ceremony.
Mayor Elizalde urged the surrenderees, who were residents of San Miguel, not to put to waste the government’s support for them and not to go back into CNT’s “useless and pointless violent armed struggle that ruined their lives and families.”
The surrenderees, who accordingly belonged to the weakened guerilla front, decried “hunger, corruption of terrorist leaders, violence and the ruthless killings of the CNTs to defenseless and innocent civilians who go against their ways as the reasons for their surrender.”
“This cash aid from the LGU will greatly help them in this time of crisis where employment and economic activity is severely affected due to regional lockdowns and enhanced quarantine control measures to prevent the spread of the virus,” the local chief executive said.
The 3SFBn Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan (INF) PA expressed his gratitude for the all-out support of the San Miguel LGU in advocating the peaceful surrender through this kind of cash-aid program as a reward for those who chooses the path to peace.
The Surigao Del Sur Province has declared the Communist NPA Terrorist personalities as persona-non-grata including the Municipality of San Miguel and its barangays.
The declaration of persona non-grata greatly affected the CNTs as many informants pointed out the whereabouts of CNT personalities who fell behind bars through AFP-PNP law enforcement support operations.
The AFP-PNP vows to implement more law enforcement operations despite COVID-19 crisis to further prevent criminal and CNTs’ terror attacks in their respective areas of responsibility.