FOUR ranking female warriors surrendered to government forces the other day in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
This was confirmed by Col. Edgardo de Leon, commander of Philippine Army’s 403rd Brigade.
De Leon identified those who yielded to 1st Special Forces Battalion as Lorena Micabalo, 24, alias Jai-jai, political officer of SYP Company 3, SRC4, NCMRC; Gloria Jandaya, 63, alias Diding,staff of Regional Urban Committee, Gleceria Balangiao, 34, alias Jao, staff of RUC, NCMRC, daughter of Gloria Jandaya and Jackielyn Ann Elaco, 34, alias Lala, finance officer and political instructor of Pltn DEREK, SYP Coy-2, SRC4, NCMRC.
Elaco turned in assorted medical and dental kits, medicines, which she admitted were being used to treat NPA terrorists injured in encounters with government troops.
Elaco also turned-in cellphones and ACER tablet that are now undergoing “contents forensics and analysis” to ensure information contained therein can be used in court as proof in the filing of cases against individuals and organizations linked to the CPP-NPA.
Those who surrendered were members of CPP-NPA’s Sub-Regional Committee 4, NCMRC radicalizing the communities to recruit residents in western Bukidnon and in urban areas of Cagayan de Oro City.
They admitted that the difficulties of working underground; false promises of their leaders; as well as frustrations due to the contradictions between what is being preached and what are actually happening inside the CPP-NPA made them decide to quit and join the folds of the law.
They expressed their desire to avail of the government’s assistance for former NPA rebels under the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
“The four ladies who surrendered are all victims of the CPP-NPA terrorists’ exploitation that is why they deserve to receive assistance from the government. Their being among the marginalized sector of our society was exploited by CPP-NPA cadres who posed as ‘poverty liberators’ promising better living conditions, but in reality brought them into the armed terrorist movement.” De Leon added.