TAGO, Surigao del Sur (DWDD) – A Communist Terrorist Leader of Squad Dos, Platoon 2, Guerilla Front 21A of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) voluntarily surrendered to 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion bringing along his M16 Rifle attached with M203 Grenade Launcher with two (2) magazines and (six) 40MM HE on May 8, 2018 at Headquarters, 36IB at Sitio Upper Mambago, Brgy Dayo-an, Tago, Surigao del Sur.
The CPP- NPA Terrorist Leader was identified as Boy Iligan alias ANDRES, male, 36 y/o, married with six (6) children, a Squad Leader of Squad Dos, Platoon 2, GFC21A of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
Alias ANDRES decided to surrender because he had longed to be with his family and cannot bear the difficulties they have suffered while he was away.
“Misurender ko kay tungod sa akong pamilya ilabina sakong asawa nga gimahal nako og pagayo. Nagpasalamat ko og dako kay nahimong instrumento ang dakong kahigugma nako sa akong pamilya arun makalingkawas nako sa niaadtung pagka NPA nako”, Ka Andres said in a vernacular.
He revealed that the CNTs is weakening and getting smaller while adding that he experienced miserable life while inside the organization as he needs to endure less food and always on the run to evade government troops.
“nihatag pud og kakusgon sako nga ako munaog na gayod kay ako nakit-an nga nagkahinay og nagkagamay na kami. Nagpadasig pud kanako nga musurender ko kay ako nabati0an nga ming-naog kana ko nga makabalik nako sa sabakan sa balaod kay nadunggan nako sa ubos nga misurender naang ako mga amigo susama ni Bensio og laing kauban”, Andres added.
The army has intensified its combat operation since the implementation of Martial Law and tagging of President Duterte to the CPP-NPA as terrorist organization. This resulted to a total of thirty – three (33) CNTs who have voluntary surrendered with six (6) firearms gained to 36IB since March 2018.
LTC XERXES A TRINIDAD INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of the 36IB, said that “Let’s give importance to our family. If they surrender, they can take care of their family and most importantly they will be able to give a better future for them. We are calling to all remaining CNT members to lay down your arms and surrender, not just for your own sake, but rather, for your own family and loved ones. Abandon your maligned armed struggle and help the government bring development and long and lasting peace in our community.” 36IB / MCAG