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Another NPA child combatant surrenders to commando troopers

Tacloban City (September 23) -- One more young combatant of the New Peoples Army surrendered to the 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division, on September 19, 2007, at 6:30 in the afternoon.

First Lieutenant Dennis Almorato, public information officer of the 19th Infantry Battalion based at Barangay Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte, identified the surrenderee as communist terrorist member Felipe Sister Daclitan @ Marlon, 17 years old resident of Barangay Tag-abaca, Leyte, Leyte, a former member of Abe Squad, Nepal Platoon, Mt. Amandewin Command, North Leyte Front.

Daclitan voluntarily surrendered his one (1) Cal 5.56mm Rifle with one (1) magazine and 5 rounds of live ammunitions, one (1) rifle grenade and subversive documents with high intelligence value to the Information Team led by 2Lt Fernando Guitering (INF) PA of 43rd Infantry Battalion, 8ID, PA under the operational control of this unit presently conducting Information Drive in Barangay Tapol, Leyte, Leyte. He was brought immediately to the Battalion Headquarters for tactical interrogation and proper disposition.

Lt. Almorato said that prior to the incident, at 12:00 noon of 05 September 2007, Felipe Sister Daclitan voluntarily surrendered without firearms to the operating troops of 83rd Division Reconnaissance Company, 8ID, PA led by TSG CAPALAR at Sitio Cabariwan, Bgy Tapol, Leyte, same province. He was turned-over by the operating troops to the Information Team in the area for tactical interrogation that resulted to the voluntary surrender of the said firearm.

The young Daclitan said he was recruited to the insurgent organization by a certain @Botoy and @Maning, the Squad Leaders of NEPAL Squad, MAC, NLF in the hinterlands of Leyte, Leyte in December 26, 2007 after he was promised financial assistance and ownership of properties should they be successful in their violent struggle. He then served as a regular fighter of the NPA unit.

However, Daclitan said he can no longer bear the hardships that their group, which is now down to about forty (40) members, due to severe demoralization and desertion, is experiencing, in the face of the tactical operations that the Commando Troopers are conducting.

He added further that this is aggravated by the fact that their remaining ranking cadres/leaders can still afford to engage in sexual opportunism and other misconduct against their female comrades including a minor who was impregnated by a cadre despite their difficulty.

This development is consistent with 19IB's assessment that the remaining Communist Terrorists operating in the 3rd District of Leyte are becoming more and more isolated from their own guerrilla bases as their mass supporters have started to go back to the folds of the law disgruntled by the atrocities the Communist Terrorists are committing even against their own comrades.

Ltc Henry M Bumiltac INF (GSC) PA, newly installed Commanding Officer of 19IB, emphasized that this latest tactical victory against the Communist Terrorists is a proof of the efficacy of the peoples' support in the campaign against the insurgents.

He said that the military is getting effective in keeping the communist Terrorists' world smaller each day till they find no way out, but to surrender. This is also consistent with the objective of the unit to totally dismantle the NLF before the end of this year, as his predecessor Ltc Dagoy had promised to do.

Ltc Bumiltac warned the Communist Terrorist leaders and members to lay down their arms and return to the folds of law as their time is running out. At the same he enjoins the people to continue supporting the Army in its effort to push for an insurgent-free Leyte. (PIA 8) [top]

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