At least 63 supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) vowed loyalty to the government in a ceremony in Barangay Ligaya, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija on July 17, 2020.
Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, commander of 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB), Philippine Army, said those who renounced support to the communist terrorist group were 42 members of Alyansya ng mga Magbubukid na Nagkakaisa (Almana), one member of Milisyang Bayan, and 20 members of the Komiteng Larangang Guerilla (KLG) Sierra Madre.
Rubio said the success of the mass surrender is through the joint efforts of 91IB, Gabaldon Municipal Police Station, 71st Military Intelligence Company (71MICO), 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).
“This development was made possible by the joint efforts of our government and the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC),” he said.
Rubio told the surrenderers that the government troops are always there to help and support them to the fullest level.
“You are not suspects but victims of deceptions being made by the CPP-NPA-NDF. Let us support the government and there are many services being provided in accordance with E.O. 70 to end the local communist armed conflict (ELCAC). This is not the end but rather the start of our help. The 91IB is your partner for peace and development,” Rubio said in Filipino.
Also present during the event were Gabaldon Mayor Jobby Emata and other local officials.
During the ceremony, 1st Lt. Jun Nino Espora led the pledge of support to the government and followed by peace rally and the burning of CPP-NPA flag. (Jason De Asis, PNA)