CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, May 18 -- A young member of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Agusan del Norte voluntarily surrendered to the 29th Infantry Battalion (29IB) under the supervision of Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza of 401st Infantry Brigade.
According to 29IB commanding officer Lt. Colonel Glenn Jy U. Aynera, the rebel identified as Rudy Sagaysay Alimbuyong also known as Ka Bunso surrendered on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Ka Bunso was an active member of the Sandatahang Platoon Pangpropaganda (SPP) 16A, Guerilla Front Committee (GFC) 16, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee before deciding to quit the armed struggle due to the “hardships and disenchantment” in the fake revolutionary promises.
He also turned over an M14 rifle with several rounds of ammunition.
Aynera revealed that Ka Bunso was with the NPA for 13 months operating in the area of Santiago, Jabonga and Kitcharao all of Agusan del Norte and was involved in the recent encounters in Brgy Hinimbangan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.
"Ka Bunso decided to surrender upon seeing the change of lives of former rebels who already surrendered to 29th Infantry Battalion and believes that he has also a chance to live a peaceful and normal life," Aynera said.
"His being with the NPAs, left him no time with his family and has not availed of the monthly support the NPA has promised him. He also believed that most of his comrades are already thinking of laying down their arms at any opportune time as they saw in the Duterte’s administration a real change for peace and development," he added.
MGen Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr. of the 4th Infantry Division congratulated the Brigade and the Battalion for their continued support to the peace building efforts and further instructed to coordinate with the DILG for the enrollment of the surrenderee to the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP). (2Lt Ashley Mae A. del Rosario, Civil Military Operations Officer, 29IB, 4ID, PA/PIA-Agusan del Norte)