Amidst Covid-19 crisis, 10 Milisyang Bayan members of the CPP-NPA surrender

    Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija –Amidst the Covid-19 crisis, ten (10) members of Milisyang Bayan (MB) voluntarily surrendered and 16 of their supporters withdrew their membership and support from the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) through the combined effort of the 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB) and the local government unit (LGU) of Dingalan, Aurora on April 15, 2020.
    Mayor Sherwin H. Taay of Dingalan facilitated the surrender of MB members and the withdrawal of support by mass supporters, couriers, and contacts of CPP-NPA at Barangay Umiray, Dingalan, Aurora, with the assistance of the 91IB.
    During the formal surrender ceremony, two (2) caliber .38 revolvers, one (1) home made shotgun, and one (1) converted caliber .22 revolver were turned over to the authorities.
    According to Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P. Rubio, the Commanding Officer of 91IB, routine interviews have already been conducted to the surrenderees & enlightened supporters. Now, the 91IB will assess if they will qualify for the Enhanced Community Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which gives livelihood training and financial assistance to qualified former rebels and MB members.
    Meanwhile, the Commander of the 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division, Brigadier General Alfredo V. Rosario, Jr., expressed his appreciation to the effort exerted by the LGU of Dingalan, that despite the crisis being faced by communities posed by Covid-19, the LGU of Dingalan still finds time to convince the former NPA supporters to go back to the folds of the law, and work with the government instead, and bring peace in the communities.

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