By Glen Ramos
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – A total of 26 members of the Liga ng Manggagawang Bukid (LMB) has withdrew their allegiance to the Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid, an underground organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), and surrendered to the Philipine Army in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija recently.
Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Honorato Pascual Jr. of the 84th Infantry Battalion stated that the group’s withdrawal of support was realized after the information dissemination of the Army conducted in various barangays on the municipality.
“Informing the people about the deception of the CPP-New Peoples’ Army (NPA) bandits is a worthwhile endeavor, as we in return, are saving lives. Through our campaign, we opened their minds on the truth about these front organizations,” he narrated.
Major General Alfredo Rosario Jr., Commander of the 7th Infantry Division welcomed the group’s decision to return to the government’s fold and pledge their allegiance.
“Joining a people’s organization is an individual’s right, however, it is our duty to inform the people of what organizations will get them in trouble. So, we are calling on everyone to be careful of what organization they will want to be part of,” he stressed.
LMB group leader Arsenia Del Rosario led her members to surrender. She confessed that she was led to believe that the LMB was advocating for the improvement of the plights of farmers.
She later learned through the Army’s information-education drive that they were only being used as fronts for the CPP-NPA’s political agenda. (AI/FC/MTVN)