MAWAB, Compostela Valley (DWDD) – Thirteen (13) NPA terrorists’ supporters and one (1) Vice Commander voluntarily surrendered without firearm to LTC Esteyven E Ducusin, Commanding Officer of 71st Infantry “Kaibigan” Battalion at Headquarters 71st IB at Purok 8, Barangay Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province on February 3, 2018.
The surrendered NPAs are all members of solid mass organization identified as Gilberto D Bustaliño @IPING, Simon G Gilo @IMON, Reel B Balbin @LONGLONG , Ellan B Oso @ELLAN, Elmer B Bongcales @ELMER, Elmer L Duterte @DODONG, Alfredo O Dosdos @FREDO, Ramil H Balbin @MIL, Allan M Costelo @ALLAN, Hilario P Inte @LARRY, Junre M Bongcales @JUN, John Ryan Babo @CHONG and Geraldo C Baro @ARNOLD, a former Vice Commander of SYP, GF27. Said personalities signified their intentions to embrace peace in their lives.
“We are very thankful to the support we are getting from the barangay officials and IP leaders in our Area of Operations who are now our partner in facilitating the NPA to surrender”, said Lieutenant Colonel Esteyven E Ducusin, the Commanding Officer of Army’s 71st Infantry Kaibigan Battalion, 7ID.
“The significant number of NPAs who surrendered every day is a manifestation that the communist terrorist organization is irrelevant and people are tired of supporting them. Likewise, we continue our focused military operation to hunt down those Communist Terrorist who continue their violent acts against our constituents,” Ducusin added.
All units of 10ID remain steadfast in performing its mandate to serve and protect the people in the Area of Responsibility. 71IB / MCAG