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33 Samar NPA members surrender to Army

Tacloban City (December 21) -- Thirty three (33) former CPP-NPA-NDF organized mass members from Barangays Inasudlan and Sta. Rosa, both of Villareal, Samar surrendered to the Army troopers headed by Lt. Col. Jonathan G. Ponce of the Philippine Army.

Reports coming from first Lieutenant Mario Jose M. Chico revealed that on December 17, 2006 at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, the same surrenderees took their oath of allegiance and loyalty to the government.

At the same time, in a simple rites held at their respective barangays, they were subsequently inducted as members of the Civilian Volunteers Organization (CVO).

The surrenderees said that the reason for their mass rejection of the rotten communist ideology which was being propagated by the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist group in the region headed by the erstwhile priest Fr. Santiago Salas, was mainly the enlightenment brought by the massive information campaign by the Army troopers of the real evil motives of the communist terrorists that once reign in terror in their communities.

The surrenderees added that during those dark days when they were still members of the CPP-NPA-NDF, they were made to believe that what they were fighting for was for their welfare.

When reality set in, however, the surrenderees said they found themselves in the losing end of the nefarious extortion activities, child recruitment in armed conflict, and the lack of economic opportunities in their areas due to the fear of investors to establish businesses in their town.

These realizations made them decide to turn themselves in, knowing that were doing the right thing which they should have done so much earlier. (PIA 8) [top]

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