Four members of the Panlalawigang Alyansang Magbubukid ng Aurora (Pamana) on September 30, 2020, voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB).
Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, 91IB commanding officer, said that Pamana in this province is one of the sectoral front organizations (SFOs) of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
Rubio said the surrenderers pledged allegiance to the government and denounced the deceptive scheme of the communist terrorist group.
“The withdrawal of support of the four Pamana members manifests that the leftist organization is now weakening and losing its mass supporters,” he said.
Linda Gutierrez, one of the four surrenderers, said that she decided to leave the organization after realizing that they were just being used by the communist group.
“Minsan na akong naging miyembro ng Pamana sa pagaakalang ako ay matutulungan sa aking problema sa usaping lupa. Subalit sa maikling panahon na umaasa ako sa tulong na pinangako ay wala naman kaya ang ginawa ko ay lumayo at humiwalay na sa samahan dahil wala naman pala akong maasahan na tulong kaya hindi na ako nagpupunta sa mga patawag nila na pulong o meeting (I once became a member of Pamana thinking that they could help me with my land problem. In the short period of time I was hoping for the promised support, it did not happen. So, what I did is to stay away from the organization because I cannot rely on their help. That’s why I no longer attended every time they called me up for a meeting,” Gutierrez said.
The surrender of the four CPP-NPA-NDF supporters materialized through intelligence build-up and civil military operation (CMO) conducted by the government troops.
They are now undergoing initial interview at the 91st IB Headquarters for documentation and proper disposition.(Jason De Asis, PNA)