CNT family surrenders including minor and pregnant daughters in Bukidnon

IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON – The government has saved another CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) family as they surrender to the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion, Philippine Army in Impasugong, Bukidnon.

The said family were identified as Diden Landasan alias Ana/Sun, 43 years old, the Finance Officer of Guerilla Front 89, Sub-Regional Committee 2 (SRC2), North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), Ronald Landasan alias Gamay/Gaspar, 47 years old, Squad Leader, Sentro De Gravidad (SDG) Dario, GF89, SRC2, NCMRC, Honey Mae Landasan, alias Jana/Bea/Nea, 21 years old, a medic of GF89, SRC2, NCMRC and alias Yassi, 16 years old, a member of Platoon Dario, GF89, SRC2, NCMRC.

Upon their surrender, Ronald brought with him one Cal. 45 and one hand grenade. Diden said that she now wants to live a peaceful life, “Buot na namo nga mabuhing malinawon. Ang akong anak nga si Yassi katorse palang nahimo ng NPA. Samtang ang akong anak nga si Honey karon pito ka bulan nga buros. Ako nahadlok nga basin sila mamatay sa bukid tungod sa pakyas namo nga pagtuo.” (We want to live peacefully. My daughter Yassi was only 14 years old when she joined and became a CNT. Meanwhile my daughter Honey is seven months pregnant. I am afraid that they will die in the mountains fighting for the wrong ideals.)

LTC Edgardo Talaroc Jr, Commander 8IB, said “Ang pamilyang Landasan gipailalom na namo sa usa ka health check-up aron masuta ang ilang kondisyon. Si Honey ang nakatakda usab nga ipailalom sa pre-natal check-up aron masiguro nato nga luwas siya nga manganak sunod nga mga bulan.” (The Landasan family had already undergone health check-ups to ensure that they are healthy. Honey, who is now pregnant, will be scheduled to undergo pre-natal check-up to guarantee her safe delivery in a few months.)

“Kami sa gobyerno labing nalipay tungod sa desisyon sa pamilya nga mobalik na sa sabakan sa gobyerno ug talikdan na ang walay pulos nga armadong pakigbisog. Handom namo nga daghan pang pamilya ang atong masalbar ug makompleto. Sila angay mabuhing malinawon ug malipayon,” LTC Talaroc Jr added. (We in the government are happy that the family decided to return to the folds of the law and end the useless armed struggle. We hope that we will be able to save and complete many families in the future. They deserve to live peacefully and happily.)

BGen Ferdinand Barandon, the Commander of 403rd Infantry Brigade, expressed, “Ang pagsurrender ni Diden kauban ang iyang pamilya nagpakita sa epekto sa hugot nga implementasyon sa Executive Order 70 ni President Rodrigo Duterte lakip niini ang Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP). Among ginapanawagan sa uban pang mga CNT nga mouli na sila sa ilang pamilya ug pilion na ang kalinaw ug kalambuan nga dala sa gobyerno.” (The surrender of Diden with her family is a manifestation of the effective implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70 and the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP). We further urge the remaining CNTs to return to their families and choose the peace and development programs brought by the government.)

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