Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – Following the intensive intelligence operations and the conduct of the Community Support Program (CSP) of the 71st Infantry Battalion and 69th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, along with the Tubo Municipal Police Station, a 58-year-old member of the Milisyang Bayan (MB) under the KLG-AMPIS surrendered to government authorities at Casamata Hill, Zone 5, Bangued, Abra on June 08, 2021.
The Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army, Major General Alfredo V. Rosario Jr., identified the rebel returnee as Carlos Wilang Gawed alias “Los” of Brgy. Alangtin, Tubo Abra.
Alias “Los” surrendered with one (1) M16 A1 rifle; one (1) M653 rifle; one (1) long magazine; and eight rounds of ammunition.
Said surrender was also credited to the efforts of the joint Community Support Teams deployed in Brgy. Alangtin, Tubo, Abra who have been working to support the peace and development programs of the local government unit.
“With alias ‘Los’ surrender, we hope that he realized that attaining a good and peaceful life, does not come from waging war against the government and joining the communist movement,” said Maj. Gen. Rosario Jr.
“Sa dami ng mga sumuko at nagpahayag ng kanilang naranasan sa loob ng teroristang grupo, sana’y wala nang malinlang pa at sumapi sa kanila. Kaya pinagbubuti namin ang CSP sa mga conflict-affected barangays para mahikayat ang mga natitirang nagtatago sa kabundukan na sumuko at magbagong buhay na, habang pinapalawak namin ang pagkalat ng impormasyon sa mga tao para hindi sila muling malinlang ng mga bandidong NPA,” added MGEN Rosario Jr.
(Source: 7th ID, Philippine Army)