Gov’t is on the Move to Enlighten Surigaonons

KITCHARAO, Agusan del Norte- The 29th Infantry (Matatag Fighters) Battalion in partnership with the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) 10 and the Municipal Local Government Unit of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte have successfully conducted an Information Caravan to enlighten the Surigaonons against the deceitful tactics of Communist Terrorists Group (CTGs) held at the Women’s Center, Poblacion, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

The event was attended and participated by the Municipal Mayor and Vice-Mayor, 7 Sangguniang Bayan members, 11 Punong Barangays, 11 Barangay Kagawad, 11 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairs, and 11 Barangay Tanods.

It can be recalled that on March 4, 2021, the 29IB had also conducted a Serbisyo cum Information Caravan to the area of San Francisco which aimed at addressing governance issues and developmental gaps by providing the community with their needs, and ensuring that development is sustained and peace is promoted.

During the event Hon. Val P Pinat, the Municipal Mayor of San Francisco gave his remarks in which he extended his gratitude towards his officials for supporting such kind of information and education activity against CTGs.

Also, NICA 10 Regional Dir. Manuel M Orduña discussed the topic on Executive Order (EO)70; Ms. Virginia Zamora, the Asst. Director of NICA 10 on NPA’s process of recruitment, and the Anti-Terrorism Law by the PNP personnel as represented by PCpl Marlon Bautista. The discussion was then supplemented with the testimony of alias @No name a former rebel who has shared his horrible experience with the CTGs and the massive change that had happened in his life and to his family after he has surrendered.

According to alias @No Name, “Kini mga NPA bakakon gyud ni sila. Giilad mi nila nga wala nay nabilin sa amoa nga pag-asa kung musurrender mi ug musalig sa gobyerno. Bakakon sila. Nahimamat nako nga daghan pa kaayo kog pangandoy para sa akong kaugalingon ug para sa akong pamilya mao na ang nahimong rason para muhawa ko sa pagka-NPA. Ug ako karon mapasalamaton sa Ginoo kay iya akong giprotektahan, iya akong giluwas ug karon ania ako naay bag-ong kinabuhi uban sa akong pamilya.” (The NPAs were great liers. They made us believed that there would be no hope left for us if we will surrender and entrust our life to the government. They lied. I realized that I still have a lot of dreams to fulfill for myself and my family, and that has been my reason to go out from that miserable den of the NPAs. And I’m grateful for God’s protection, for He hath saved me, and here I am now having a renewed life with my family.)

LtCol. Aristotle F Antonio, Acting Commanding Officer of 29IB, assuredly said in his statement, “Huwag po kayong matakot na magsumbong, impormasyon lang po ang susi. Magsabi lamang po kayo sa amin at kami po ang hahabol sa mga NPA at sisiguraduhin po namin na mapangalagaan ang inyong siguridad. Hindi po namin kayo pababayaan.”

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