Davao City – A certain alias Lakay, a former Squad Leader of a CPP- NPA Terrorist Group (CTG) Platoon being monitored in Misamis Oriental, revealed to 58th Infantry Battalion (IB) on November 30, 2019 an arms cache in Balatukan Complex, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental.￼
Stashed in the said arms cache are two M16 rifles and two AK 47 rifles, all belonging to the squad he previously handled.
Alias Lakay first surrendered to Barangay Captain Claresa E. Bacullo of brgy Linabu, Claveria, Misamis Oriental on November 28, 2019 bringing along with him his firearm, an AK 47 rifle.
Lt. General Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command welcomes the continuing surrender of the members and supporters of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).
“We are confident that our efforts of reaching out to the members of the CTG is continuously gaining ground. It is expected that CTGs will be stashing their firearms, for what is firearms without personnel.” Lt Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command said.
On a separate instance, Barangay Councils of Brgys San Isidro, Tudela and Manat all of Trento, Agusan Del Sur together with 75th Infantry Battalion facilitated the surrender of 23 Militia ng Bayan and the withdrawal of support of 160 members of the CTG’s Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) on November 29, 2019.
Meanwhile, from January 1 to November 30, 2019 a total of 696 NPA regulars surrendered to the authorities or an average of two NPAs per day. For the same period 1050 Militia ng Bayan have surrendered while 4402 UGMO members have severed their connection with the CTG. These surrenderees have brought with them a total of 689 firearms of various caliber.