Hardships and continued reduction of ranks prompted two high-ranking CTG personalities and a regular member to surrender in Mis Or.

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – Two High-ranking Communist Terrorist Group personalities and a Medic surrendered to the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion under 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade last on 01 July 2022 thru the negotiation efforts of the intelligence unit of 58IB.

The said two high-ranking CNTs were identified as Neiljan Pasague Legaspino, 29 years old, and Golden Romania Compas Sr, 42 years old. And a regular member was identified as Ariel Uba Compas, 27 years old, all under SRC1, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee.

They brought along with them one M16 improvised into a Sniper Rifle with magazines and ammunitions; one Improvised Explosive Device (IED); two (2) Blasting Caps, and 10 Mtrs detonating cord.

According to the surrenderers, the dismantling of Guerilla Front Huawei and Platoon Ryan of SRC1, NCMRC affected so much their leadership and ranks with no replacement which required shuffling of personnel that resulted in low morale and reduction of their resource generation. This added hardship to their living condition with not enough food for everyone and medicines for the sick prompted them to surrender and also the urge to start their own family.

Lt. Col Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB, said, “I have mentioned months ago that two of the NPA units are on the verge of collapse and I am happy to inform you that these NPA units were officially declared dismantled with only less than squad size remaining members. These victories are highly attributed to the Whole of the Nation Approach as our collaborations with the stakeholders and other government forces in putting an end to insurgency in Misamis Oriental continues. Given their current circumstances, we anticipate that the remaining members of these NPA units will eventually return to the folds of the law in the coming days. Because they are constantly on the move, always tired and weary, the entry of their resources such as food and money are being blocked and hampered, and our troops are constantly conducting operations.”
The surrenderers are currently at the battalion’s headquarters, where they will be debriefed and processed to receive different government assistance like the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integrated Program (ECLIP), which will help them start a new life together with their families and return to mainstream society.

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