CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao— Fearing for their lives and safety, a married couple who are members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) decided to abandon the armed struggle and return to the government by surrendering to the troops of the 5th Special Forces Battalion in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
The person who surrendered was identified as alias Loloy, a political instructor, member of Platoon Madrid of the South Regional Command Daguma, while his wife alias Lalay, a medic in the said group, both under the Far South, also converted to the government. Both are from the Mindanao Region.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Zandro Alvez, the Battalion Commander of the 5th Special Forces Battalion, the couple surrendered this Monday night (October 3, 2022). “They also surrendered their weapons which are a 5.56mm Colt M16A1, an M14 rifle and magazines”, said Col. Alvez.
Brigadier General Pedro Balisi Jr., Brigade Commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, said that the couple has become aware of the truth and they realize that they are just victims of communist ideology and deception, which they have now dispelled. People are becoming more discerning and capable of distinguishing between the truth and lies”, said BGen. Anxious
Because of this, Major General Roy Galido, the Commander of the 6th Infantry (Army) Division and Joint Task Force Central insisted that the whole-of-nation approach program is gradually yielding results where the people are siding with the government with a heart and concern . “I am happy because in the area of the Joint Task Force Central we continue to destroy the armed struggle and replace our area with a secure and more peaceful community”, said the Division Commander.
“The couple is now among the 119 communist terrorist groups in the area of the Joint Task Force Central who preferred peace of mind away from any danger and can start a new life suitable to the society they live in”, added which MGen said. Galido. This number is from the month of January until now.