SURRENDERED. A youth organizer of Kabataang Makabayan (KM) and a medic of Kilusang Larangang Guerilla (KLG) Sierra Madre of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to the government troops in Barangay Diaat, Maria Aurora, Aurora on Friday (Aug. 21, 2020). She also yielded a defaced M14 rifle with a magazine loaded with 10 rounds of live ammunition. (Photo by Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion)
BALER, Aurora – A youth organizer of Kabataang Makabayan (KM) and a medic of the Kilusang Larangang Guerilla (KLG) Sierra Madre of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to government troops in the province on Friday.
Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, commanding officer of the Army’s 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, identified the surrenderer as ‘Ka Katrina’.
Rubio said the 21-year-old NPA medic sought refuge to the government troops with the help of the community.
“Ka Katrina surrendered in Barangay Diaat, Maria Aurora, Aurora armed with one defaced M14 rifle with one magazine loaded with 10 rounds of live ammunition,” he said in a statement.
He said the surrender of the NPA medic is a manifestation that the KLG Sierra Madre is now losing and on the run due to series of neutralization of its members, including its supporters.
“We will continue to intensify our operations, in collaboration with Philippine National Police (PNP), to pressure the NPA bandits and force them to abandon the armed struggle,” Rubio said.
‘Ka Katrina’ is now under the custody of 91IB at Barangay Calabuanan here for proper documentation and custodial debriefing.
“Krisis sa sarili sa paghahanap ng nakasanayang buhay sa labas ng pagiging sibilyan. Hirap ng gawain sa bundok at napagtimbang-timbang kung ano ang mangyayari kung mananatili sa maling pag-armas kaya po ako nagbalik-loob sa pamahalaan (Self-crisis in finding a habitual life outside of being a civilian. The work in the mountains is hard and I weighed in what would happen if I remained in the wrong armed struggle that is why I decided to surrender to the government),” she said.
Brig. Gen. Andrew Costelo, commander of the 703rd Infantry (Agila) Brigade, said the brigade remains steadfast in its commitment to attaining peace in contested areas.
“Though risky and hard, we extend our hand to rebels and their supporters so as to enable the commencement of progress for the many. Rest assured that we shall be with those who chose to return to government side every step of the way,” Costelo said.
Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr., commander of 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, said now is the best time to surrender.
“The government readied benefits in favor of former government enemies and their supporters. We encourage those still in hiding to track the right path not only for themselves but for their loved ones as well,” Rosario said. (PNA)