IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon— Two NPAs surrendered to the 8th Infantry (Dependable) Battalion on Easter Sunday bringing along their four high and low-powered firearms at 8IB headquarters in Impasugong, Bukidnon.
The two has finally decided to return to the mainstream society after realizing the futility of the armed struggle.
The NPA is losing steam and it was felt by its members. The former rebels revealed their reason for their surrender. First is that they grew tired of following the ideology and listening to the empty promises which had been encrypted in their minds by their NPA leaders; second, physical exhaustion as they keep on running away from the government security forces; third, they were starving in the mountains; and lastly, they wanted to live a better and peaceful life.
“The Philippine Army is serious in the performance of their duty to the nation in upholding peace and order. Despite the holidays, we work to keep threats away from the community. We may be mandated to go after armed groups but we never get tired of helping those who saw a brighter path and are seeking a better future. We are focusing all our efforts to achieve one goal and that is to provide the Filipino people just and lasting peace.”
“We are now facilitating the livelihood assistance based on the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the Government to them. In addition to this, they are also set to participate in the unit’s ARM TO FARM Program in order to rehabilitate them in the mainstream of the society. This is a sustainable program that shall equip them with some basic livelihood knowledge and skills. All of these programs are designed to help our former rebels and those NPAs who are planning to surrender and have a better life outside the rebel group.”