By Bonita Ermac
A young New People & # 39; s Army-hunter surrendered Friday to the troops of Tobacco in Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, Thursday.
The narrator, a certain Jemar & # 39; Edward & # 39; Labito Salayon, is one of the elements of NPA met by the 10th infantry battalion soldiers in Brgy Hoyohoy of Tangub City, last August 11.
Salayon revealed that during the clash he had shot one gunshot on his left knee and was abandoned by his comrades during his flight. The 17-year-old is currently recovering at the MARSGEN hospital in Ozamis City.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan N Severo, commanding officer of the 10th Infantry Battalion, said the survivor will receive P15,000 immediate cash assistance and P50,000 for living expenses.
Apart from monetary assistance, he could also use services from other government agencies, such as psychosocial debriefing from DSWD; skills training by TESDA; employment and capacity building of the various institutions of government and security as guaranteed by the AFP and PNP Severo said.
In the meantime, 18 members of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) Sanga ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) and Militia ng Bayan (MB) have also been handed over by the Community Support Program (CSP) to the 10th Infantry Battalion in Oroquieta City, Misamis. Occidental. .
Col Bagnus P Gaerlan, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, said: The surrender of this rebel and many other supporters is a welcome development in our ongoing efforts to support the government's peace and development agenda.
We want to transform Misamis Occidental into a conflict-free area that would bring peace and prosperity to the local population of the province, said Gaerlan.
Our efforts are ruthless because we are tirelessly urge the remaining members of the New Peoples Army and their supporters here in Western Mindanao to simply lay down their arms, surrender and return to the folds of the law, Major Roseller G. Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander and concurrent commander of the Joint Task Force Zampelan.
We will help you start a new life, praising the troops for the good work.
While expressing our support for the localized peace talk, we will also continuously pursue the remaining enemies of the Filipino people, the CNT, until they voluntarily surrender or the hands of justice will be served to them. Maj Gen Murillo added.