By Bonita Ermac
A young New People’s Army fighter on Friday surrendered to the Tabak troopers in Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, Thursday.
The surrenderer, a certain Jemar ‘Edward’ Labito Salayon, is among the elements of NPA encountered by the 10th Infantry Battalion troopers in Brgy Hoyohoy of Tangub City last August 11.
Salayon disclosed that he sustained one gunshot wound on his left knee during the said clash and was abandoned by his comrades while fleeing. The 17-year-old is presently recuperating at MARSGEN Hospital in Ozamis City.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan N Severo, Commanding Officer of the 10th Infantry Battalion said that subject surrenderor will receive P15,000.00 immediate cash assistance and P50,000.00 for livelihood assistance.
Aside from monetary assistance, he could also avail services from other government agencies such as psychosocial debriefing from DSWD; skills training by TESDA; employment and capacity building from the different institutions of the government and security as guaranteed by the AFP and PNP said Severo.
Meanwhile, 18 members of Communist-NPA-Terrorist (CNT) Sanga ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) and Militia ng Bayan (MB) also surrendered to 10th Infantry Battalion in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental through the Community Support Program (CSP) last Sunday.
Col Bagnus P Gaerlan, Commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade said: The surrender of this rebel and many other supporters is a welcome development in our ongoing effort in supporting the peace and development agenda of the government.
We would like to transform Misamis Occidental into a conflict-free area that would bring peace and prosperity for the local folks of the Province, said Gaerlan.
Our efforts are relentless as we are tirelessly urging the remaining members of the New Peoples Army and their supporters here in Western Mindanao to just lay down their arms, surrender and return to the folds of the law, said Major General Roseller G. Murillo, 1st Infantry Division commander and concurrent commander of the Joint Task Force Zampelan.
We will help you start a new life as he commended the troops for the job well-done.
As we expressed our support for the localized peace talk, we will likewise unrelentingly pursue the remaining enemies of the Filipino people the CNT, until they voluntarily surrender or the hands of justice will be served to them. Maj Gen Murillo added.