More than 200 underground supporters of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a remote village in Agusan del Norte surrendered to the Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion (IB) in Barangay Camagong, Nasipit town on Tuesday afternoon.
Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, 23IB commander, said the mass surrender was a result of the massive campaign initiated by the military, the local government and other government agencies urging members of the local communist movement to rejoin mainstream society.
“After months of our efforts, these 200 supporters finally decided to abandon the Communist Terrorist Group by pledging allegiance to the government,” Paulo said.
“The different agencies of the government, through the convergence of efforts, will facilitate the implementation of development programs and services in the area,” Paulo said.
Thirty-four of those who surrendered were members of the Milisya ng Bayan. Also turned over the military by those who surrendered were five home-made shotguns and two .357 revolvers. SOVEREIGNPH