By Francis Wakefield
Several members of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorist Group (CNTG) yielded to Army troopers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon Command (AFP-NoLCom) in two separate occasions in Nueva Ecija.
NoLCom Spokesman Lt. Col. Isagani Nato said, six personalities initially surrendered to the troops of 7th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion and 84th Infantry Battalion (84IB), both under the Joint Task Force (JTF) “Tala” of the 7th Infantry Division (7ID), in Brgy. San Agustin, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija at about 5 pm, June 12, 2018.
The surrenderees consist of a New People’s Army (NPA) member, three Militiang Bayan (MB) members, while two others are Bayan Muna members in their localities.
The surrenderees were identified as Artemio Olite Bonilla alias ARTE/OCHO/JAKE; Virgilio Bilugot De Guzman alias BIYONG; Dante Flores De Guzman alias WAWAY; Rodolfo Achenta Diaz alias PAMBOY; Premitivo Espiritu Marcelo Jr., alias FRED; and Johnny Serante Eldifonso alias PADER.
The group also turned-over one high-powered firearm and eight low-powered firearms comprised of one US Springfield M1903 Cal .30 bolt action; two Cal .38 Smith and Wesson with SN# 082246/Colt; three 12-Gauge shot (Improvised); one 20-Gauge shot (Improvised); and two Cal .22 (Armscor Air Rifle-converted).
The next day, June 13, 2018 (Wednesday) at 11:30 a.m., another two NPA members also surrendered with a high-powered firearm (an improvised Springfield 5.56mm rifle) to the same Army units in a Temporary Patrol Base at Sitio Kamanggahan, Brgy San Agustin, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.
They were identified as Marcelino Valdez Roja alias Marsing, 46, single, and a resident of Brgy San Agustin) and Benjamin Ralleta Tanguilig Sr. alias Charlie 56, and a resident of Brgy. Burgos, both of Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.
Said personalities were former regular members of the NPA Josefino Corpuz Command but were later utilized as Milisyang Bayan (MB) of Kilusang Larangang Gerilya (KLG) Caraballo in Carranglan area.
The surrenderees were presented to the Local Government Officials headed by Carranglan vice Mayor Efren “ Bogie “ Alfonso and Hon. Rogelio Abad, the ABC President.
“The surrender was a result of the sustained efforts of Community Support Program (CSP) Teams of the said Army units deployed in the area, through the conduct of CMO activities and Radio Broadcasting System (RBS) operations,” Nato said.
“NoLCom will keep its doors open for those intending to embrace the peaceful resolution to the conflict. NOLCOM will also continue to assist in facilitating the integration of former rebels in the mainstream society and have a normal life with their families,” he added.