CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Gamu, Isabela – Five more members of the “Militia ng Bayan” under the Communist NPA Terrorist surrendered to the joint elements of the 17th Infantry Battalion and Rizal Municipal Police Station at Headquarters, 17IB at Brgy Masin, Alcala, Cagayan on February 26, 2018 (Monday).
The surrender of said personalities was facilitated by Brgy Officials of Brgy Bural, Rizal, Cagayan led by Brgy Cpt Evelyn Baloran, of said Barangay through the intervention of Hon Joel A Ruma, Vice Mayor of Rizal, Cagayan.
According to Lt Col Camilo Saddam, Commander, 17IB, the five MBs together with the Brgy Officials were transported from Brgy Bural, Rizal to the Hqs of 17IB. Lt Col Sadam added that the said five MBs were among the personalities identified in photos with the CNTs undergoing training in Zinundungan Valley in 2014.
Meanwhile, BGen Perfecto M Rimando Jr, Commander, 5ID was delighted with the series of surrenders in the Province of Cagayan. “The credit goes to the Local Government Officials who facilitated and assisted their constituents to return to the folds of the law. We need to convince these MBs to denounce their support to the terrorist group because we knew that when they undergo training, they pledged to support the terrorist groups,” BGen Rimando said.
“I encourage the other LCEs to emulate the initiatives of the Rizal LGUs. We need to assist our constituents associated with the CNTs if they have the intention to return to the folds of the law. The feeling of nothing to lean on will make some CNT members hide forever or cling to the CNTs even if they could no longer stomach the terroristic activities of the group.” BGen Rimando Jr added.
If we recall, in the past days around 22 MBs and terrorist mass base supporters have surrendered to the same unit alone, and all of those surrenders came from the Municipality of Rizal, Cagayan.