MAWAB, Compostela Valley (DWDD) – A total of 6 members of Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) of GF2, SMRC led by alias JIAN (not her true name), Komiteng Tig-Organisa (KTO) chairperson voluntarily surrendered to Headquarters 71st Infantry Battalion, Purok 8, Brgy Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province on January 6, 2018 at 10:00 in the morning.
KTO is the 2nd level of NPA’s organizing in the barangay with series of indoctrination and lectures to the members in order to prepare them for another stage until their shadow government will be realized and rule their own revolutionary administration in their guerilla bases.
According to alias JIAN, they [mass base] are pin-pointed only by members of the NPA and were given different tasks such as to expand their organized mass base, monitor presence of soldiers, and collect extortion money as revolutionary taxes.
“Nag surrender mi kay wala man mi kasabot sa ilang mga balaod. Dili man gyud mi gusto sa ilang mga ginapabuhat sa amoa batok sa gobyerno. Wala lang mi mabuhat kay ginahadlok man mi sa mga NPA mao nang midawat mi sa posisyon nga wala mi kabalo nga mabutang diay mi sa alaot”, said aka JIAN, KTO Chaiperson of Brgy Malamodao, Maco, ComVal Province.
In the absence of mass supporters, the armed group will lost their access to the brgy and cut access toward financial and logistical resources.
“This Underground Mass Organizations or UGMOs are the breathing space of the NPA terrorists. Cutting off the mass support will deter them from entering their former comfort zone [brgys] and will definitely degrade the NPAs expansion program and decrease numbers of armed group recruits”, said Lieutenant Colonel Esteveyn E Ducusin, the Commanding Officer of Army’s 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion.
“Massive surrender of mass supporters from guerilla bases connotes that the NPA ideology and senseless struggle is failing and that the community already realized its baseless fight against the government.” Ducusin added.
As the new year begins, the 71IB thanked the people of Compostela Valley Province for the trust and confidence given to your Kaibigan troopers. Rest assured that we’ll remain steadfast and committed in performing our mandated task to deliver genuine peace in our area of operation. 10DPAO/MCAG