MAWAB, COMPOSTELA VALLEY – A member of New People’s Army (NPA) “alias Ricky”, 38 years old, married and resident of Sitio Langan, Brgy Coronon, Sta Cruz, Daval del Sur has surrendered to 39IB of 10ID on April 5.
“Alias Ricky”, a Supply Officer of Squad 1 of the NPA's GF51 revealed that they encountered the 39IB at Sitio Lanan of Brgy Goma in the morning of April 5 and that they were (military) in disarray due to their to massive firepower that includes helicopter and artillery fires.
He said he decided to surrender after he learned that his leader was killed during that encounter. He feared that his fate will come and realized he could be with his family again," he added in bisaya.
An officer of 39IB together with Brgy Captain of Brgy Goma facilitated the surrender of alias Ricky, at Sitio Kamalig, Brgy Goma, Digos City, Davao del Sur. “Alias Ricky” also surrendered his one (1) M16 rifle and was brought to the headquarters of Bravo Company, 39IB for custodial debriefing or further interview.
It can be recalled that Two NPA leaders, one is a female were killed during an encounter between the troops of 39th Infantry Battalion under Ltc Rhojun Rosales against an undetermined number of Communist NPA Terrorists Groups (CNTG) In the morning of April 5, 2019, in the hinterlands of Sitio Lanan, Barangay Goma.
The CNTGs scampered to different directions after a 45-minute exchange of fire leaving their two members killed and one M4 rifle.
With the help of former rebels and rouges gallery of 39IB, the two cadavers were identified as that of Lesly Pulido , secretary of GF51 and Roberto Castellote, commander of the guerilla unit of GF51.
Brigadier General Mario Lacurom, general officer-in -charge of 10ID commended 39IB's leadership and troops commitment to duty that resulted to decisive combat operation.
He said with people supporting their campaign against communist insurgency in the area of responsibility (AOR), they vowed to continue on protecting the people and secure their communities.