CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Nine members of the CPP-NPA-NDF voluntarily surrendered to military authorities in Albay on September 17, 2010 (Friday), a military official said.
LtCol John Oberio, Commander of the 2nd Infantry Battalion which has jurisdiction over Albay said that nine members of the Barangay Revolutionary Committee of the CPP-NPA-NDF turned themselves in at around 10:00am in his headquarters in Ligao City.
Oberio said that the former rebels have realized that their fight against the government was an exercise in futility. He also identified the former rebels as Margie Bayle a.k.a. Cheryl, Marilon Orido a.k.a. Lay, Joe Morada a.k.a. Boy, Santos Alcadeza a.k.a. Karantog, Edralyn Sodsod a.k.a. Chie, Nicanor Lambo a.k.a. Bugoy, Rolando Almojuela a.k.a. Joy, Homer Espana a.k.a. Lito and Jose Lupera a.k.a. Juan.
“The people in Albay have realized that the Philippine Army soldiers are their partners in peace and development here in Bicol. My soldiers are deployed primarily to help the government implement its various development projects particularly the new highway linking Camarines Sur to the new airport in Daraga town,” said Oberio.
The former rebels are now undergoing custodial debriefing by soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Battalion in Ligao City.
The civil-military operations (CMO) efforts of the Army is also attributed to the rising number of tipsters who pinpointed the locations of the armed bandit rebels.
“It is now easier to find and capture these notorious NPA extortionists with the valuable help provided by the local residents themselves,” Oberio added.
Recently, a series of brief firefights around Albay provinces led to the killing of NPA terrorists and the capture of a ranking communist leader identified as a certain Alvin Orpiada.
The invaluable information provided by the tipsters through text message was directly attributed to the success of the military operations.
During his field visit to Army camps in Bicol on September 15, Major General Arturo Ortiz, the Army Chief, awarded combat medals to soldiers who figured in the successful encounters against the bandit rebels in Albay.
Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division has lauded the 2nd Infantry Battalion for its latest accomplishment.