3 high-ranking CTG leaders yield to 29th Infantry Battalion in Agusan del Norte; more planning to surrender soon, return to fold of law

3 high-ranking CTG leaders yield to 29th Infantry Battalion in Agusan del Norte; more planning to surrender soon, return to fold of law

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — Three high-ranking Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) leaders who decided to lead peaceful lives voluntarily surrendered to Colonel Jason M. Saldua, Commanding Officer of the 29th Infantry Battalion at the Headquarters of the 29IB located in Purok 4, Barangay Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte on Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Colonel Saldua identified the three CTG personalities as Rolly N Gabi alias Longlong, a resident of Purok 2 Brgy. Bangayan, Kitcharao, ADNorte, who brought along with him one high-powered firearm with one magazine; John Leno M Cabrera alias Rom/Makoy, a resident of Brgy La Purisima, Prosperidad, ADSur; and Jovanie Asay alias Janix/Junry, a resident of Brgy Bangayan, Kitcharao, ADN.

According to them, they wanted to return to mainstream society after having a miserable and desperate life with the Communist Terrorist Group, a life exactly opposite to what the CTGs had promised them.

They had suffered hunger and extreme fatigue. They were also very already tired of running and hiding from the government forces who are relentlessly conducting combat operations in Agusan del Norte.

Likewise, they also revealed that many of its members are already planning to leave and escape the CTG in order to go back to their families and live a normal life.

The CTG cadres were also aware of the assistance that the government is providing them through the E-CLIP program if they will surrender.

Col Jason M. Saldua said, “I know that the CTGs are now miserably looking for their way out, and this is now the time for the other members to stand against the deceptive lies of the CTG leadership. They have nowhere to go as a result of the intensified military operations conducted by this unit. “

Likewise, he reiterated his call to the remaining members of the CTG to surrender to the authorities while there is still time because the Philippine Army is committed to bringing peace and upholding its mandate.

“To those who were afraid or hesitant to lay down their arms and go back to the folds of the law, I will assure you that, together with the local government unit and local government agencies, will help them start anew through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government. “It is never too late to have normal lives and be with their families,” said Saldua. (ai/mtvn)

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