A total of ninety four (94) NPA supporters from different barangays of Surigao del
Norte, appeared before Lt. Col Allen Raymund C. Tomas, Commander of 30IB, with
the intent to dissociate from the CPP-NPA terrorist group.
45 personalities out of the said 94 UGMO members came from Barangay Ima of
Sison, which consists of Indigenous People’s (IPs) and farmers while other UGMO
members were from barangay Togbongon of Surigao City, Barangay Tolingin of
Mainit and Barangay Mayag of Sison.
In his statement Lt. Col. Tomas said, "These people were used and exploited by the
CNTs, cutting their ties will definitely degrade the NPAs capabilities and deter them
from entering their guerilla base"
"While we continue the Community Support Program in CNT affected barangays, we
are also expecting more UGMO members to surrender while our combat operations
will be no let-up against the terrorists so that communities will be free from CNT
threat and violent atrocities", Lt Col Tomas added
UGMO is a group of people in a barangay organized by NPA to become their mass
supporters, which vary from farmers sector or Pambangsang Katipunan ng
Magsasaka, women's sector or Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan, youth
sector or Samahan ng Kabataang Makabayan and IP sector or Rebolusyonaryong
Organisasyong Lumad. They are the CNT's source of financial, material, and moral
support to advance their armed struggle.
On the other hand, Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Infantry
(Stingers) Brigade said, “We are very happy that the NPA supporters heeded our call
to withdraw their support to the CNTs and go back to the folds of the law because
then we will be able to facilitate the delivery of basic services in order to achieve
peace and development in our Area of Operations.” “We are positive that more NPA
members and supporters will follow the lead of their comrades and will chose to live
a better and peaceful life”, Licudine added
It can be recalled that last June 26, 2019, CARAGA launched the Regional Task
Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) during the Joint
Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC)-Regional Peace and Order Council
(RPOC) Full Councils Meeting at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Brgy
Doongon, Butuan City.
The launching was a milestone especially that the Task
Force will lead, synchronize and harmonize government efforts of ending the local
communist armed conflict in Region 13 through its banner program which is the
Peace and Development Zone (PDZ)
Maj Gen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander of the 4ID emphasized, “With the
launching of RTF-ELCAC and the full implementation of the PDZ in CARAGA
backed with the Community Support Program (CSP), I am positive that more NPA
members and supporters will return to the folds of law. We assure the people that by
supporting the government we will be able to bring in sustained delivery of basic
services and social development packages in poor, conflict affected areas and
geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.”
“We are calling on to all the
LGUs, LGAs, and stakeholders especially to the peace-loving people in CARAGA,
let us continue to support the government and together we will attain lasting,
inclusive and sustainable peace and development”, Gacal added
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