Two eighteen-year-old NPA members on August 12 surrendered to the joint elements of the Charlie Company of 60th Infantry Battalion and the Delta Company, 72nd Infantry Battalion in Laak, Compostela Valley Province.
The two young rebels of Brgy. Melali, Laak, Compostela Valley voluntarily surrendered with their rifles with the help of the local tribal chieftains who are also CAFGU Active Auxiliaries, the 60th Infantry “Mediator” Battalion (60IB) said.
“Nicky and Pido are both new recruits, having entered the NPA only last August 1, 2017. The NPA, however, have been utilizing Nicky as a supply errand boy since 2016,” 60IB said.
60IB said the two decided to surrender after encountering hardships in their two weeks of operating in the hinterlands and evading military troops.
The two said they were mistreated by other members because they were new recruits. They said other NPA members were jealous because they were immediately issued with rifles amid lack of proper training.
“But we were already lacking members; that’s why we were already given our guns,” Nicky said using local dialect.
“Our campaign to end the criminal acts of the NPA shall continue and will only intensify as we reach the point of success. This has been our mandate ever since and it is now even more emphasized in this time of Martial Law. These surrenders are proof that our efforts are gaining momentum and, for as far as our legal orders can cover, we do not intend to stop,” 60IB Commander Lt. Col. Emmanuel Canilla said.
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