CAMP BGEN. VICENTE P. LIM, Calamba City – Regional Director Jose Melencio C. Nartatez, Jr. lauded the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 4A’s (RMFB 4A) efforts in convincing members of the leftist groups to return to the folds of the law.
“Dedikasyon ang hinahanap natin sa ating mga tauhan at ako ay natutuwa na kakitaan ng pagmamahal sa kapwa ang ating mga kapulisan ng RMFB 4A. Talagang pinagtutuunan nila ng pansin ang ating mga kababayan na patuloy pa din na nalilinlang ng mga makakaliwang grupo na ang hangad ay lalong paghirapin ang ating mga kababayan,” he said.
Among the agenda mentioned by Nartatez Jr. during his assumption speech is the campaign against terrorism that hinders the attainment of “lasting peace” in our country.
Accordingly, joint forces of RMFB 4A together with the Regional Intelligence Unit 4A, Regional Police Community Affairs Development Unit 4A, different units of Quezon Police Provincial Office (PPO), other units of Batangas PPO, Makati City Police Station, PNP Special Action Force, and different units of Armed Forces of Southern Luzon conducted risky intelligence operations through series of face-to-face negotiations in mass bases within the region that resulted in the voluntary surrender of seven CTG (communist terrorist group) personalities on August 19, 2022, to the police authorities.
RMFB Force Commander, P/Col. Ledon D. Monte identified the surrenderees through their aliases, as follows: “Reymark”, “Bautista”, “Ailyn”, “Alan”, “Narsing”, “Romeo”, and “Nanay Pacing”.
Profiling of the former rebels reveals that some were involved in several armed encounters with government troops in Quezon and Rizal provinces, while others were known mass organization leaders operating in Batangas and Laguna provinces.
Based on the report, three of the rebels surrendered firearms, two caliber .38 revolvers and a caliber .45 pistol with live ammunition.
Accordingly, the main reason why they opted to return to the folds of the law was their realization that they were “played out” of the ideologies of CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines), NPA (New People’s Army), and NDF (National Democratic Front).
During the celebration for the 144th birthday anniversary of President Manuel L. Quezon in Lucena City, the secretaty of Interior and Local Government, Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said in his speech, “Gusto kong sabihin sa inyo na ipinapatupad din ng pamahalaang Quezon ang ‘E-CLIP’ o ang Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program na nagbibigay ng panibagong simula sa ating mga kababayang minsan ng naligaw ng landas, na sumanib sa rebeldeng grupo katulad ng CPP/NPA at Abu Sayaff at ngayon ay pinili na lang nila manahimik at mamuhay ng mapayapa.”
“Maligaya kong ibabalita sa inyo na bawat isa sa kanila ay nakatanggap ng tulong pinansyal, pangkabuhayan, libreng edukasyon at murang pabahay para maramdaman nila ang tunay na kalinga at tunay na pag-aaruga ng ating pamahalaan,” Abalos added.
The former rebels were subjected to custodial debriefing and will be enrolled in E-CLIP to receive sufficient government assistance as they reintegrate into society.
“We call to those who still remain members of these left-leaning organizations to evaluate their present situations… and to those whom different mass organizations are recruiting, your families and communities need your presence. We can only achieve lasting peace if we work together. The police and the government are doing their best to deliver well in their sworn duties,” Nartatez added.