By 14th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
October 5, 2018
BRGY. DAO, Oras, Eastern Samar – Eight (8) regular members of NPA, Nine (9) Milisya ng Bayan (MB), Twelve (12) members of Communist NPA Terrorist Mass base Organization or Underground Mass Organization of Brgy Boco, Can-avid, Eastern Samar voluntarily surrendered to the 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion, Philippine Army last October 01, 2018.
These NPA fighters and the members of Mass base organization and Milisya ng Bayan of Brgy Boco, Can-avid, Eastern Samar surrenders due to hopelessness and frustrations over unfulfilled promises of their leaders and upon learning of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program and other livelihood programs of the government.
Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy V. Jimenez INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, 14th Infantry Battalion, said that the surrender is a result of the on-going Community Support Program (CSP), enhanced civil military operations and intelligence operations being implemented by the unit in Barangay Boco – a known hotbed of communists insurgency in Samar Island. The mass surrender will surely destroy the chain of communists insurgents mass base support in the far-flung and isolated villages of the province.
“Barangay Boco is categorized as influenced village since the year 2013 and form part of the Guerilla Base of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) roaming in the area of Can-avid and its nearby municipalities in Eastern Samar. The clearing of Barangay Boco is one of the focus and has been the priority of the 14IB as part of its operational campaign to achieve its mission in degrading the armed components of the NPA in our area of operation” Lt. Col. Jimenez added.
CSP elements of Bravo Company of 14IB led by 2Lt. Dennis S. Carig (INF) PA were able to identify the members of the CNT mass organization and convinced them to end their support and break their ties with the NPAs.
“The collaborative efforts of the CSP team with the LGU, NGAs and NGOs in addressing issues on poverty and land ownership further gained the support and trust of the villagers and encouraged them to pursue lasting peace to ensure development in their barangay” said 2nd Lt. Carig.
In the conduct of peace rally, the people of Boco expressed their stand against the CNTs, condemned the abuses and deceitful activity of the NPA and call-out to stop using their Barangay as lair of insurgents.
Lt. Col. Jimenez also added that “The 14th Infantry ‘Avenger’ Battalion will continue to be relentless in the conduct of military operation to degrade the capability of the NPA rebels that continuously pestering and terrorizing the people of the towns of Can-Avid, Oras, Dolores, Arteche, Jipapad, Maslog and San Policarpio. However, we are always ready to receive those NPA members and their supporters who are willing to go back to the folds of the law and live normal lives with their families”.