By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Two Communist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists (CNTs) surrendered on Thursday to the 71st Infantry Battalion (71st IB) in Purok 8, Barangay Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley (ComVal) province, according to First Lt. Jhocell D. Asis, Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of the 71st IB.
Asis added the former rebels also yielded powerful bombs weighing at least 15 kilos each.
In a statement sent to The Manila Bulletin late Thursday afternoon, the 71st CMO officer said the two regular NPA fighters, whose names were withheld for their safety, were accompanied by Mawab town Mayor Ruperto S. Gonzaga III when they voluntarily presented themselves to the command group of the 71st IB led by Lt. Col. Estevyn E. Ducusin.
They yielded three powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) weighing at least 15 kilos each.
The ex-rebels said the bombs were already planted in strategic places and intended to inflict damage on the military and the public. But their conscience reportedly convinced them to dig up the bombs and surrender these to the Army, Asis said.
They former members of Guerilla Front 27 (GF 27), Sub Regional Committee 2 (SRC2) of the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines)-NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC), the 71st CMO officer said.
One of those who surrendered was a 25-year-old vice political instructor and vice commanding officer, while the other was 24 years old and was a squad medical officer.
The latter said it was his father’s involvement in the movement that persuaded her to join the NPA. When her father killed during an encounter in Barangay Parasanon, Maragusan last 2016, she learned that his body was just abandoned by his comrades.
This was a complete lie to what her father’s companions told her that he was still alive.