CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Gamu, Isabela – Another Communist NPA regular operating in the tri-boundary of the provinces of Abra, Mountain Province and Ilocos Sur (AMPIS) surrendered to the soldiers under the 503rd Infantry Brigade at Bontoc, Mountain Province on the morning of July 16, 2018 (Monday).
The Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) that is only known to his Alyas as Sibat, 37 years old and Acting Squad Leader of the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP), Kilusang Larangang Guerilla, handed one Garand Rifle with two clips and few rounds of ammunition to the authorities.
According to BGen Leopoldo P Imbang Jr, Commander, 503rd Infantry Brigade, Sibat has already spent 20 years in the Communist Terrorist Group when he decided to surrender. “Sibat revealed that in his 20 years in the Terrorist group, he saw no progression to their cause. That he lost almost all of his life to a cause that never lifts their lives and his comrades to include the lives of the ordinary people.” BGen Imbang said.
Meanwhile, MGen Perfecto M Rimando Jr, Commander, 5ID praised Sibat for his decision to return to the mainstream of society. “The experience of Sibat only proves that the Communist ideology brings nothing good to its members and to the people. If the old guys like Sibat are now surrendering because they saw the futility of their cause, then we need to double our efforts to reach out for more CNT members, especially the younger ones.” MGen Rimando said.
“I enjoined everybody to support the localized peace talks in our respective provinces. Let us encourage our friends, relatives and family members that are working, and or in the Communist Terrorist Groups / New People’s Army to surrender and avail the benefits guaranteed under the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).” MGen Rimando added.
Sibat is still in 54th Infantry Battalion in Bontoc, Mountain Province for debriefing and his surrendered firearms is in the custody of said battalion for safe keeping.