After years of being exploited, some 19 communist terrorists recruited from the ranks of indigenous people (IP) surrendered at Sitio Mahayag, Barangay St. Peter in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon last October 27.
The IPs who surrendered were from the Higaonon and Talaandig tribes and also turned over 12 firearms to the authorities.
Three of the former rebels (FRs) are high-value individuals, while others are mostly residents of Sitio Mahayag.
Among the rebel returnees are the Landasan and Han-ayan families who were reunited and are now living peacefully after years of chaos and hardships inside the terrorist organization.
Ludy Han-ayan alias Dian, 19 years old and a former medic of Regional Sentro De Grabedad, Compaq, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee, said she cannot explain how hard her life was when she was still a CNT.
“I returned to the government because of the hardships that I can no longer endure especially after what happened to us in the mountains. Many of our comrades died. I was with a wounded female comrade but due to the pain I felt after also being wounded, I wasn’t able to carry her even though I wanted her also to return to the fold of the law,” Ludy said in the vernacular.