19 militiamen yield to MP policemen

PARACELIS, Mountain Province  – Nineteen active members and militia ng bayan supporters of the New Peoples Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to combined police and military authorities at Barangay Marat, here, recently.

 

Senior Superintendent Allen S. Ocden, Provincial Director of the Mountain Province Provincial Police Office, said that the returnees are composed of 2 active members of the NPA Frank guerrilla unit based in Gonzaga, Cagayan and 17 militia ng bayan supporters.

He said the mass surrender of the NPA members and supporters was made possible through the joint efforts of the negotiating teams of the Mountain Province Provincial Police Office and the 54th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in coordination with barangay officials of Saliok, Natonin, Mountain Province headed by Punong Barangay Enrique B. Banggolay.

The NPA members and supporters turned over to the personnel of the Paracelis Municipal Police Station led by Senior Inspector Nicholas Pablo Luna and Provincial Police Mobile Company 3 company commander Inspector Cornelio Alit Marawis, one Carbine rifle with two magazines loaded with 10 live ammunitions and one M-16 Armalite rifle with short magazine loaded with 5 live ammunitions.

Ocden claimed that the returnees were forced to abandon their armed struggle when they realized that their struggle was a waste of time, effort and resources, thus, they prefer to go back to mainstream society to enjoy a peaceful life.

Police and military authorities administered the oath of allegiance of the returnees to the government during simple ceremonies held in this town.

Ocden expressed his gratitude to all the members of the negotiating team who facilitated the peaceful surrender of the NPA active members and supporters, saying that police and military negotiators should be proactive in convincing more members of the communist movement to leave behind their ideology because it will not lead them to a better life in the future.

He encouraged the remaining active NPA members and their supporters to follow the footsteps of those who recently yielded to the police and military authorities because they will be able to enjoy peaceful lives in the communities where they desire to settle in the future.

The police official claimed it is encouraging to note that the returnees realized that what they are fighting for is unrealistic and that they were tired of hiding in the mountains of the Cordillera and neighboring regions, thus, they decided to go back to the mainstream society and enjoy the benefits of law-abiding citizens.

Ocden explained police and military personnel will continue their aggressive anti-insurgency operations in the province to neutral the presence of the communist rebels in remote villages that are considered as their strongholds for the residents in the said places to have peace of mind and sustain the productivity of their farms without fear of being harassed and intimidated for their livelihood activities.

Despite the influence of the rebels in remote villages in the province, Mountain Province remains to be one of the peaceful provinces in the country second to Batanes.

By HENT

 

EL Kikasa

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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

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Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.