IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon — Five members of “Militia ng Bayan” (MB) were turned over by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Impasugong to the 8th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army on December 10, 2019.
The former MBs identified with their aliases voluntarily surrendered to the Impasugong LGU on December 9. They claimed to have served the Sub-regional Committee (SRC) 2, North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NMRC) that was terrorizing the communities in Bukidnon.
“Militia ng Bayan” is the arm of the NPA who focuses on the operation inside the community. They were tasked to monitor the movement of government forces within the community and inform the New People’s Army (NPA) regular members about it. They can also disrupt the soldiers if the situation permits. Their main task is to arrange the food, medical and other supplies coming from the sympathizers and going inside the NPA without being detected by the government.
Mayor Anthony Uy of Impasugong expressed his gratitude for the trust of the former rebels to the local government and committed to help them. He also explained why they will be turned over to the Army. “We swear to help and we need to turnover you to the Army for your interview and processing of ECLIP,” he said.
If proven by the Philippine Army and the committee on Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) that these personalities are members of the Militia ng Bayan through interviews, they will be qualified to be enrolled in the ECLIP and be entitled to benefits under the said program.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, the commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion appreciated the participation of the local officials in ending the local communist armed conflict in Impasugong.
He also reiterated his call to the remaining NPA members in the area to surrender. “We are again calling on the remaining members of the SRC2, NCMRC to go and seek for your trusted local officials and yield, they are willing to accept and help you live together with your family.”
Moreover, he reminded them that the unit’s continuous military operation and Community Support Program immersion will continue despite the lifting of the Martial law by year-end. (8th IB, PA)