A total of 57 individuals identified as members of the NPA’s Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) voluntarily surrendered and pledged their allegiance to the government in a program held in Brgy Sumadel, Tadian, Mountain Province on October 28, 2021.
As part of the program, the 57 former rebels, from three (3) different barangays in Tadian: Brgy Bantey, Brgy Batayan and Brgy Sumadel, took their Pledge of Allegiance to the government officiated by Hon. Johnson Balaoas, Municipal Councilor.
Further, the different barangay officials led the burning of CPP-NPA-NDF flags followed the Covenant Signing.
According to Tadian MPS, the voluntary surrender and withdrawal of support of the 57 UGMO members were made possible through the continuous efforts and series of negotiations facilitated by the police officers of Mountain Province Police Provincial Office (MPPPO), Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 (RMFB 15), Regional Intelligence Unit 14 (RIU14), and members of the Philippine Army, in collaboration with the Local Government Unit.
In the message of PCOL RUBEN B ANDISO, Mountain Province PPO Provincial Director, he urged the community to help the government in persuading those who were already exploited by the CPP-NPA-NDF to return into the folds of the law and free themselves from fear, running, and hiding because of a vain armed struggle. (PROCOR-PIO)