Philippine Army 10th Infantry ‘Agila’ Division (10ID) has reported the surrender of 3 NPA terrorist leaders to the 73rd Infantry ‘Neutralizer’ Battalion this January 2018.
According to 10ID NPA leaders who surrendered were from Guerilla Front 51 (GF51), Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC). They are Randy N. Atong alias Andikon, Finance and Logistics Officer of Andoy and Basil Platoons of GF51, SMRC; and Renie C Atenza alias Ryan, Team Leader of First Squad, Basil Platoon, GF51, SMRC.
“The former terrorists said that they were already tired of fighting against the government forces coupled with the experience of starvation caused by the dwindling support from their masses hence they decided to return to the folds of the law,” 10ID said.
10ID added that they surrendered unarmed but later revealed that they have hidden high powered firearms composed of one M14 Rifle and one M16 Rifle attached with M203 Grenade Launcher in Brgy Sibulan, Toril District, Davao City.
Troops of 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB) recovered the mentioned firearms.
“This is an excellent manifestation that our efforts on winning against communist terrorists through focus military operations and Community Support Program (CSP) activities are effective. Because of this, we are expecting more surrenderees in the coming days. Thus, we are reiterating our call on other NPA members to lay down their arms, surrender and avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP),” 73IB commander Lieutenant Colonel Marion Angcao said.
“The significant increase of former NPA terrorists returning to the folds of the law is also an evidence of our effective collaboration with the Local Government Unit and Local Officials of Province of Davao del Sur,” Lieutenant Colonel Angcao added.