MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, June 25 (PIA)—A high-ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leader alias “Puldo” surrendered Friday, June 19, to the1st Special Forces Battalion (1SFB) that led the troops to a secret place where supply of weapons and rounds of ammunition are kept hidden.
“Puldo,” 32, is one of the top-ranked leaders of NPA Guerilla Front 68-A under North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (GF68-NCMRC) operating in Bukidnon and nearby provinces.
The arms cache discovered in separate secluded sites contained one Cal. 7.62mm AK47 rifle; one Cal. 5.56mm M653 rifle; one Cal. 5.56mm M16 rifle; one long and two short magazines for M653 rifle; seven magazines for AK47 rifle; 48 rounds Cal. 5.56 ammunition; and 59 rounds Cal. 7.62mm ammunition.
It was uncovered Sunday, two days after aka Puldo admitted of the arms cache at Sitio Kalabasahon, Imbayao, Malaybalay City and Sitio Kubayan, Kibenton, Impasugong town.
In a custodial debriefing at the army camp, alias Puldo said he experienced abusive human exploitation, hunger, criminal activities, and isolation from family as he served the CPP-NPA’s GF68-NCMRC for many years. He also revealed that the communist ideology that broke his spirit ultimately compelled him to surrender.
Lt. Col. San Versicio G. Jose Jr, 1SFB commander, said the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the peace and development program of 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4ID, PA, and the intensified military operations of 1st Special Forces Battalion in Bukidnon forced him to abandon the criminal activities of the Communist Terrorist Group and return to mainstream society. (CMO, 1SFBn, 403rd Bde, PA/PIA Bukidnon)