NPA squad leader surrenders in ComVal

By Rhoda Grace Saron

February 4, 2019, 9:22 am


DAVAO CITY -- A 19-year-old squad leader of the New People’s Army's (NPA) Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) has surrendered to troops of the 71st Infantry Battalion at its headquarters in Purok 8, Barangay, Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley on Saturday.

Civil-Military Operations Officer, 1Lt. Jhocell Asis, said alias Joshua, a resident of Maco, Compostela Valley, surrendered to the troops’ commander, Lt. Col. Esteveyn Ducusin.

Joshua was the team leader of squad 2, Abe, PBC 6 of Sub-Regional Committee 2 in the Southern Mindanao Regional Command.

During the debriefing, Asis said Joshua admitted he was part of the underground movement and had been trained under the Araling Aktibista, Bagong Hukbong Bayan, Gimbuhatong Masa, Demokratikong Rebolusyon sa Katawhan, Batayang Oryentasyong Masa and Organizing Group.

He was then designated as squad supply officer and later on became a squad leader.

While in the organization, Joshua also admitted having participated in the burning of a gold tunnel in Sitio Palali, Barangay Golden Valley, Mabini, Compostela Valley.

Meanwhile, Ducusin said Joshua's surrender is an indication that many members of the communist insurgents have opened their eyes to the continued deception of its leadership.

Ducusin assured that his troops will remain steadfast in encouraging more NPAs to surrender “so all of us can experience a peaceful and productive life."

 The US and European Union have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA as a terrorist group. (PNA)