Balik gobyerno na! 71 people consisting of NPA members and supporters withdrew their support to the communist group

Amid the anti-terror invoice situation, 71 individuals consisted of members of the New People’s Army and their supporters expressed their need to pledge allegiance to the Philippine authorities.

According to the sixth Infantry Division, the surrenderees have been affiliated to the  West Daguma Front of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) of Sultan Kudarat.

Most of them are members of an Indigenous group who have been solely recruited by the communist group.

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Surenderees mentioned that they have been recruited by Leon Tacduro often known as Paeng who was the pinnacle of Regional Peasant Bureau of Far South Mindanao Region and training head of Sub-Regional Command (SRC)-Daguma.

“The IPs have been completely unaware of Paeng’s true nature once they have been blindly recruited to be a part of the politico-military-structure of NPA in Lebak till they have been alarmed after his arrest. This is the very motive for his or her voluntary withdrawal of help from the group and sworn their allegiance to the federal government for them to reside usually and peacefully,” mentioned sixth IB Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Clairemont Pinpin.

“This attest that the apprehension of Paeng greatly affected the operations of the SRC-Daguma as their mass supporters were redirected and their plans on establishing mass bases were revealed and hampered,” Lt. Col. Pinpin added.

Lebak, Sultan Kudarat Mayor Frederick Celestial praised the surrenderees for deciding to depart NPA.

“You just made a great decision to abandon the NPA for the good of your families. There’s no future in joining in their organization and that living in peace and harmony is still the best of all,” Mayor Celestial mentioned.

The authorities vowed to offer them help so they may begin a brand new life.