MARAMAG, Bukidnon – 04 September 2019, twenty-five (25) members of Militia ng Bayan and NPA regulars under Coy Thunder, SRC2, SMRC voluntarily surrendered to the troops of 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion at Maramag, Bukidnon at around five o’clock in the afternoon.

This unit conducted Community Support Programs in the areas of Sitio Mikatin, Brgy Kipaypayon and Sitio Log deck 5, Brgy Magsaysay, all in Quezon and unearthed members of the Militia ng Bayan. Through collaboration and dialogues, those MB members finally decided to turn their support in the government and surrender to the troops.

They also surrendered the following supplies being used by the NPAs in the area: one (1) Garand rifle, two (2) home-made shotguns, one (1) caliber .38 pistol, seven (7) Jerry cans container full of rice, two (2) generator sets, three (3) cell phones issued by the CNTs, two (2) rolls of electrical wires, one (1) Automatic Voltage Regulator, assorted medical and dental supplies, 34 rounds of calibre 30 ammunition, 8 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun ammunition and 5 rounds of calibre 38 ammunition.

According to @Junjun leader of the MBs, Nag lisod na kami sa kabukiran. Daghan sila ug pasalig nga hatagan me ug yuta ug mudaog ang pakigbisog apan bakak lang diay ang tanan. Nisamot kalisod ang among kahimtang sa bukid tungod kay sige ug operation ang kasundaluhan mao nag desisyon me nga mosurrender. Dako among pasalamat sa gobyerno, sa kasundaluhan ug kang mayor sa quezon sa tabang nga ilang gihatag kanamo para sa among pagkinabuhi nga malinawon. “We are so tired in the mountains. The NPAs promised to give us land if we won the war, but everything is just a lie. Our lives became more chaotic when soldiers operated in the area, which pushes us to surrender. We are so thankful to the government, to the soldiers and to the Mayor of Quezon for helping us to start a new life and supporting our families”.

Ltc Franklin F Fabic, Commanding Officer of 88IB, welcomed all the surrenderee for the right decisions they made to return to the folds of the law and be a beneficiary of government programs intended for them to start a new life. This influx of surrenders only manifests the effectiveness of our CSP in the Conflict-Affected Areas (ConAAs) in countering the lies and deception of the CNTs in the community. Likewise, our sustained military operations put the CNTs on the run which also causes demoralization among its rank due to hardship they are continuously experiencing in the mountains.

To the CNTs especially the Coy Thunder, better surrender now while you have still time or else the Dragon Warriors will relentlessly hunt you down wherever you go until your destruction, Fabic added.

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