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12 Dulangan-Manobo NPA members surrender to 6th ID

Mindanao Peace Process • 22:15 PM Sun May 29, 2022
John M. Unson
Brig. Gen. Eduardo Gubat acknowledged the surrender of the 12 Dulangan-Manobo tribe members. (John Unson)  

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao --- Twelve more New People’s Army guerillas, three of them Dulangan-Manobo datus, bolted from the group Sunday.

The 12 NPAs operated in hinterlands in the adjoining Lebak, Kalamansig and Palimbang towns in Sultan Kudarat, bastions of the Teduray and Dulangan-Manabo indigenous communities.

Datu Gawa, Datu Ume Digan, Sultan Tirso Gantangan and companions took turns telling officials of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, during a dialogue here Sunday, that NPAs from outside misled them into joining the group with promises of protection from logging firms and agricultural companies intruding into their ancestral domains.

“We did not get any protection from the NPA at all. We were merely used for its advantage,” Digan said in Filipino, in the presence of 6th ID’s acting commander, Brig. Gen. Eduardo Gubat.

No fewer than 200 NPAs from upland towns in Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces, all under 6th ID’s jurisdiction, have bolted from the rebel group and pledged allegiance to the government in the past 24 months through the joint efforts of units of the division.

“We have realized that there is no way that the NPA can defeat the government in its senseless communist insurgency,” Datu Gawa told 6th ID officials and reporters.

Gubat said the 12 NPAs yielded through the backchannel intercession of Col. Michael Santos, commander of the 603rd Infantry Brigade and officials of the 37th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar.

Gubat said they shall be reintegrated into mainstream society with the help of local government units. (John Unson)


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