NPA medic yields to Davao de Oro guv
DAVAO DE ORO, July 24 (PIA) – “Kapoy na kaayo!”
Tired and exhausted of the communist movement, a medic of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered on Monday to Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy at the provincial capitol.
The medic, 31, identified himself as a resident of Barangay Tibal-og, Sto. Tomas in the province of Davao del Norte, and is a fulltime NPA member serving Guerilla Front 2 (GF2), Sub-Regional Committee 2, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).
In an interview, the medic emphasized that he can no longer endure the hardships in being a part of the movement.
“Perteng paita jud akong kahimtang. Sa lima ka tuig nakong paglihok, naga agwanta lang gyud ko. Kapoy na kaayo, gutom pa gyud kaayo. Wala na mi tarong kaon sa taas.” (Our plight is so bitter in my five years in the movement, I just endured it, I’m so tired, I am so hungry, we have no proper meals in the mountains)
Unknown to his comrades, the medic has long planned to escape; but it was only when he was allowed to bath alone in a forested stream that he took the chance to run away from the mountains.
During his submission, the medic brought his firearm, a 5.56mm Galil loaded with a magazine of live ammos and surrendered it to the governor, which was then turned over immediately to the Lieutenant Colonel Sonny Gonzales, commander of the 71st Infantry Battalion (71IB).
Governor Uy stressed that the provincial government is always ready and willing to welcome fellow Filipinos, who were deceived by wrong ideologies and are now trusting again the government of the Republic.
“Mahimut-anon ako nga naka-amgo ka na nga walay maayong padulngan ang imong pag apil sa teroristang NPA. Andam ako og ang provincial government sa Davao de Oro nga mutabang sa mga susama nimo nga nahisalaag. Subay lang unya ta sa proseso,” ( I hope you realized that joining the NPA terrorists will lead you nowhere, I and the provincial government of Davao del Oro is ready to help, those like you that were led astray, lets first follow the process) the governor said.
LTC Gonzales also affirmed the government’s commitment to rebels who choose to lay down their arms and lie a normal and peaceful lives, pointing out that peaceful means are better resolutions than armed struggle.
“Fortunate those who summoned their courage like Daryo, in laying down his arms and surrender. He will now live a peaceful life free from worries of being busted by the authorities,” he added.
Awaiting his enrollment to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), the medic will stay in the custody of the 71IB for custodial debriefing.
The 71IB in coordination with the Oplan Pagbabago Provincial Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict has recently facilitated the distribution of ECLIP benefits to 16 former rebels, which include cash and livelihood assistance. (PIA11, Michael Uy with reports from 71IB)