Over 800 terrorist group leaders, members neutralized by PNP-13
BUTUAN CITY, June 23 — Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr, regional director of the Philippine National Police – Caraga (PNP-Caraga) reported that since his assumption to office as the head of the agency on September 2019 until June 20, an overwhelming 869 leaders and members of Communist Terrorists Group (CTG) have been successfully neutralized by PNP Caraga in line with PNP’s fight against insurgency in the region.
Of the 869, 67 were arrested, 12 died during police operation, five were captured and 786 were surrenderers who are categorized as active members, Militia ng Bayan (MB) and Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members.
The massive surrender of CTG leaders and their members are attributed to the combined focused military operations, intelligence efforts, civil-military operation, reintegration efforts and peace and development programs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), PNP, and local government units (LGUs).
PNP Caraga is expecting more surrenderers in the coming days as former rebels and supporters expressed discontent under the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) movement.
Statements coming from the former rebels revealed that they were deceived with the false promises of their leaders and the pattern of deception being done by the NPA terrorists.
Surrenderers are from the following NPA underground affiliates: Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda; Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad; Yunit Milisyang Bayan; Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas, Grupong Tig-Ugnayan sa Baryo, Grupong Tig-organisa ng Bayan, Komiteng Tig-organisa ng Bayan and other Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) or CNN organization.
“Government’s Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communist armed conflict in the country has been significantly contributory to the surrender of terrorist group members and supporters. Sooner we will attain inclusive peace and development for the country and our people,” said BGen. Esquivel.
PNP Caraga is currently conducting routine interviews to the surrenderers for processing of their eligibility in order to avail of the government’s assistance for former rebels under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)