Military's carrot-approach gains ground in Comval PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 November 2010 10:29

Military authorities said their carrot-approach to the insurgency problem in Compostela Valley is gradually yielding positive results with the surrender of four more active members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Barangay Andili, Mawab last Sunday and Monday.

Lt. Colonel Medel Aguilar, commanding officer of the Civil-Military Operations Battalion and spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division based in Camp Felix Apolinario, Panacan here, identified the latest to return to the folds of the law as Tripon Ballon, a.k.a. 'Sencio,' 40; Roger Sawiling, a.k.a. 'Gino,' 41; Gabriel Ballon, a.k.a. 'Erick,' 26; and Alan Banluta, a.k.a. 'Rustom,' 40, all residents of Purok 7, Sitio Estabillo, Barangay Andili, Mawab, Compostela Valley and members of front committee 27 of the NPA.

He said the rebels surrendered to the peace and development team (PDT) headed by 2nd Lt. Moral, who led the civic-medical mission in the area.

“The negotiations for them to surrender were all conducted with the help of barangay officials and relatives of former rebels,” Aguilar said.

He claimed that since the deployment of the PDTs in Mawab in September this year, 17 rebels under the front committee 27 of the Southern Mindanao Region have already returned to the folds of the law.

Col. Roberto Ancan, commanding officer of the 66th Infantry Battalion that supervises the deployment of PDTs in Mawab, said the soldiers would be measuring their success now to the number of rebels who return to live normal lives and to stop the recruitment activities of the rebels.

He expressed hope that the peace and order in Mawab will eventually return to normal, where government can bring in more tangible projects that will benefit the residents.

“Our effort is anchored on the principle that victory in the counterinsurgency effort is best measured by the number of NPA members we have saved from the recruitment and exploitation of the communist party,” Ancan said.