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Six Members and Supporters of Communist Terrorist Group, Surrender in Masbate

 

 

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-More and more rebels are now responding to the call of the government for them to abandon the armed movement and its useless cause.

 

Two members of Komiteng Seksyon sa Platoon 3 of Larangan 1, two members of Milisyang Bayan, one SPL and one supporter all of Komiteng Probinsya 4 voluntarily surrendered to the 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB) Thursday, November 21.

 

One cal. 357 revolver, four homemade shotgun and an improvised explosive device (IED) were also turned over to the said unit.

 

These surrenderees are now added to the snowballing number of rebel returnees who were encouraged to return to the folds of the law and live peacefully with their families instead of hiding in the mountains and allow themselves to be used in the Communist Terrorist Group's (CTG's) illegal activities.

 

Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP highlighted that these developments are product of relentless efforts of the government especially the Army's Community Support Program (CSP). 

 

Through CSP, residents in conflict-affected areas are enlightened about the true motive of the terrorists and are discouraged to support them but rather convince their relatives and friends who are members of CTG to surrender.

 

Furthermore, JTFB lauds the significant participation of former rebels in encouraging their former comrades to lay down their arms and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and other assistance made available by other government agencies through the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 5 (RTF-ELCAC5) or Task Force Katuninongan asin Kauswagan.

 

It can be recalled that more than a hundred of rebel returnees who surrendered in Masbate were given an almost P2 million worth of financial assistance last month during the very first successful peace rally and service caravan in Cawayan town.

 

With the RTF-ELCAC which was created through the Executive Order No. 70 of Duterte administration, programs of different government agencies are synchronized to bring efficient services to the people and put an end to the five-decade insurgency.