Members of NPA
organized militias and underground mass organization surrendered;
Condemn NPA in Samar
Battalion, 8ID PA
December 11, 2018
BRGY. DAO, Oras –
On December 08, 2018, twenty three (23) members of Underground Mass
Organization (UGMO) and four (4) Milisyang Bayan of the Communists-NPA
Terrorists (CNTs) surrendered during Peace Rally at Brgy Concepcion,
Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy
V. Jimenez INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, 14th Infantry
Battalion, said “The success of the counter-insurgency campaign of
the unit in our Area of Operation snowballed into the surrender of
NPA members, militias and CNTs UGMO in the red areas and encouraged
other communities to take a stand”.
LTC Jimenez noted that the
collaboration between the unit and the Local Government of Paranas,
other government agencies, Non-government Organizations and even the
community intensified the Battalion’s effort in pressuring the CNTs
and the members of UMO that forced them to surrender.
Manolo Labong, Chairman of
the CPP-NPA’s Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) UGMO and NPA
militias of Brgy Concepcion, said, “Our barangay have been a lair
and bastion of New People’s Army for almost three (3) decades and we
have suffered from their deceit and illegal activities. Today, we
were able to free ourselves from their influence and appeal to our
fellow to surrender and join the folds of law”.
Honorable Atty. Eunice U.
Babalcon, Municipal Mayor, Paranas, Samar, who witnessed the Peace
Rally along with other municipal government officials, expressed
that the surrender of the NPA supporters in Brgy Concepcion will be
the start of the clearing of other affected (influenced) barangays
in the municipality.
”The role of the community
is vital in preventing the resurgence of the influence and presence
of CNTs in every barangay and I urge the community in barangay
Concepcion and its neighboring barangays to unite and stand for what
is the law dictates”, Babalcon added.
In order to express their
stand against the NPA and to condemn the CNTs deceitful and illegal
activities, the community in Brgy Concepcion headed by Brgy Chairman
Gaudioso A Misagal conducted peace rally, pledge of allegiance and
“The Battalion will
continue its effort to sustain our momentum in shattering and
constricting the CNTs Guerilla Base to defeat its armed group
operating in Samar to achieve just and lasting peace in our Area of
Operation”, LTC Jimenez said.