A self-confessed member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) who surrendered recently in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental is urging his former comrades in the movement to yield.
“Panawagan ko sa kasama kong NPA o Yunit Militia na bumaba na kayo at bumalik na kayo sa tunay na gobyerno (I am urging my companions in the NPA or Yunit Militia to return, come down and return to the real government),” “Ka Noky” said in a media release from the Philippine Army on October 19, 2020.
He was among the four NPA guerillas who surrendered to the 62nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and the Guihulngan City Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) last Oct. 16, the Philippine Army said.
“Ka Noky” was further quoted as telling the remaining rebels not to believe in recruitment promises by the NPA to own land “pag manalo tayo sa rebolusyon dahil hindi iyan tutoo at huwag kayong maniwala na papatayin at babalatan kayo ng mga pulis at kasundaluhan kung mag surrender kayo (when we win this revolution because that is not true and do not also believe that the police and military will kill you or skin you alive if you surrender).”
“That is not true. We have not been mauled and not even a single pinch have we received when we surrendered,” he continued in the dialect.
He said that the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government is for real and there are plenty of benefits for those who will surrender, apart from the promise of Mayor Guido Reyes of Guihulngan City to provide free housing and livelihood.
“Sumuko na kayo hanggang di pa huli ang lahat (surrender now before it’s too late),” he added.
Guihulngan City is one of the priority areas for the implementation of the Whole-of-Nation approach of President Rodrigo Duterte as stipulated in his Executive Order No. 70 on ending the insurgency and “attaining inclusive and sustainable peace”. (Mary Judaline Partlow, PNA)