By Mike Crismundo
CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City –Two Communist New People’s Army (NPA) guerrilla front fighters voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion (26th IB) in Barangay Zamora, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.
1st Lt. Percival J. Carido, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of the 26th IB said “Ka Junjie,” team commander, and “Ka Johnyfer,” gunner, both of Abe Squad 1, Platoon 1 of Regional Guerrilla Unit (RRGU) of the CPP-NPA North Central Mindanao Region (NCMR) voluntarily surrendered to the field unit on Sunday and were officially presented yesterday to the command group of the 26th IB led by its Battalion commander Lt. Col. Romeo C. Jimenea.
“Ka Junjie” and his men used to operate in the province of Bukidnon and boundary of Agusan del Sur, 1st Lt. Carido said.
“After a hard time looking for a chance to escape from their comrades, Ka Junjie and Ka Johnyfer, finally found a chance to bolt their group last weekend and voluntarily surrendered to our field unit Sunday afternoon,” the 26th IB CMO officer said.
”Tired, hungry, and demoralized, they decided to surrender,” the 26th IB CMO officer added.
“We will make sure that they will become beneficiaries of Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) to help them start anew and we just hope that more of their comrades will follow their lead and choose to live a peaceful and productive life,” Lt. Col. Jimenea said.
E-CLIP is a program of the government for members of the NPA who will return to the folds of the law. The program includes financial assistance, free housing, and free education. A reintegration process will also take place which will prepare them in their return to the community and live peacefully together with their families.