By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – A regional Army spokesman on Monday claimed that some 2,000 members, supporters and sympathizers of the Communist Part of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) have already yielded in various places in Compostela Valley (ComVal) province.
Capt. Jerry S. Lamosao, regional Army spokesman of the Army’s Southern Mindanao 10th Infantry (Agila) Division, also claimed that these surrenderers have already attended the re-orientation seminar held last April 2, which was conducted by the Army’s 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battallion in Maco town, ComVal province.
The reorientation program was participated in by identified members of NPA’s Underground Mass Organization (UGMOs), Former Rebels (FRs) and supporters from eastern line areas of Maco ComVal namely Barangay Sangab, New Visayas, Magangit, Concepcion, Taglawig, New Asturias, Lapu-lapu, Dumlan, Anibongan, Mipangi, and Libay-libay.
Last week, field units of the 71st “Kaibigan” Battallion called on the remaining CPP-NPAs still hiding in ComVal province, particularly in the provincial mountain border of Agusan del Sur and ComVal, to yield and avail of the government’s livelihood, development and peace program.
“Our government is very much sincere to assist those CPP-NPAs who wanted to return to the fold of the government and avail the peace and development program through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP),” also said First Lt. Jhocell D. Asis, Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of the 71st IB, in a statement sent to The Manila Bulletin.