AN INJURED member of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the 11th Special Forces Company in T’Boli, South Cotabato on Jan. 31.
Capt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan, commanding officer of the 11th Special Forces Company of the 5th Special Forces Battalion, identified him as Ricky Lumbay, 20, a resident of Kiamba, Saranggani and member of NPA’s Guerilla Front Musa, Far South Mindanao Regional Committee (FSMRC).
Lumbay officially surrendered with his caliber 5.56 M16A1 Carbine rifle with serial number: 695303 to the 11th Special Forces Company, 5th Special Forces Battalion (5SFBn) under the 1st Mechanized Brigade, 6th Infantry Division, and T’boli Mayor Dibu S. Tuan.
Lumbay was among of the NPAs encountered by government troops in T’Boli during the combat operations launched from Dec. 27. 2021, to January 2022 in Barangay Tudok, T’Boli. It can be recalled that series of encounters took place and six NPA terrorists were allegedly wounded.
“Noong narinig naming nagputukan na, tumalon ako sa bangin at ung ibang kasama ko nagtakbuhan na rin lalu na narinig nila yung helicopter. Kaya ako napilay at nasugatan dahil sa pagtalon ko sa bangin,” he said.
“Naligaw ako sa aking mga kasama, pagod, gutom at masakit ang aking katawan kaya gumawa ako ng paraan para makalapit sa mga tao at mag-surrender,” he added.
5SFBn informants from Sitios of Motosom, Salabanog and Mangga of Barangay Laconon, T’Boli, SC immediately reported the presence of Alias Jeric.
Recently, said sitios and its nearby barangays were subjected to the community support program and retooled community support program conducted by the LGU T’Boli and the 5SFBn.
Mayor Dibu S. Tuan said that the NTF-ELCAC mechanisms are effective because of the recent surrenders of the local guerrilla units and NPA fighters from October 2021 to date.
“Our conduct of CSP and RCSP is gaining grounds and it must be sustained. These development-oriented approach coupled with the AFP and PNP’s peace, law enforcement and development support activities and combat operations is a good practice that every LGU must adopt and sustain further, “ Tuan said.
The LGU of T’Boli provided the surrenderee with immediate medical and financial support. Further, he will be enrolled to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
The 5SFBn commends the local government unit’s within their area of operations for the great partnership in implementing the NTF-ELCAC mandate which positively results in peaceful surrenders and combat encounters against the CTGs in South Cotabato.
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