NAVAL STATION FELIX APOLINARIO, Panacan, Davao City -- Various Underground Mass Organizations in Eastern Mindanao Command area collapsed after most of their members dissociated and pledge their allegiance to the government during the first week of July 2019.
More than 150 members of Unyon ng Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte (UMAN) an CNT affiliated organization in Barangay Bitan-agan, Butuan City denounced their support to the CNTs during a Peace Consultation Dialogue initiated by the Barangay Council of Barangay Bitan-agan, in partnership with the local government unit of Butuan City and Lt. Col. Francisco Molina, Battalion Commander of 23rd Infantry Battalion.
Accordingly, UMAN is an organization used by the CPP-NPA Terrorists to recruit farmers as its source of manpower, finance, and logistics. Members are being made to pay dues with a promise to give them the lands that they are tilling.
On July 4, 2019, 396 New People’s Army (NPA) members and supporters with 11 assorted firearms from the different towns of Surigao del Norte yielded to Lt. Col Allen Tomas, Battalion Commander of 30IB and Malimono Town Mayor Wallace Senaca.
The surrenderees are composed of 37 Sangay sa Partido Lokal (SPL) or local party members, 46 Militia ng Bayan (MB), 313 Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members.
In the northern towns of North Cotabato, 142 members of UGMO, 56 of which are from Kidapawan City, 42 from President Roxas and 44 from Magpet dissociated from CNT after they yielded to the units and Community Support Teams of 901st Infantry Brigade under Col. Gabriel C. Viray III.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command explained the CNT modus of organizing the communities.
"The purpose of the communists’ front organization is to agitate the people of false issues against the government and then organize them to openly protest and destroy the system of governance and create chaos. Communists are always against the efforts of government in bringing peace and progress in the country. Organizing the UGMO in the communities is part of the CNT's modus in carrying out these terroristic objectives and purpose," Lt. Gen Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command explained.
Lt. Gen. Santos then ordered units to continue reaching out to these groups to address the armed struggle strongly.
"These UGMOs serves as the mobilizable group for rallies and protests, logistical hub, landmine detonators and concealers of the armed group hence need to be reached out and be enlightened in order to address the communist terrorist strongly," he added.
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