A SQUAD leader of the New People’s Army surrendered to the government authorities on May 15, following the arrest of a high-ranking leader of the communist group operating in Southern Mindanao over the weekend.
Captain Jerry Lamosao, 10th Infantry Division (ID) Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) chief, identified the surrenderer as Samson Pagalangan Salda alias “Lakay,” squad leader of Squad 1, Platoon North, GF71, FSMR, 39, and resident of Barangay Sulit, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
He voluntarily surrendered to 73rd Infantry Battalion (IB) and brought with him several war paraphernalia around 7:20 p.m., Tuesday, May 15.
His surrender was driven by the capture of Elizalde Cañete alias “Jinggoy” in Bukidnon.
“During an interview, alias Lakay said that he surrendered due to fear for his life. He knew that Ka Jingoy was apprehended in Bukidnon. He also said that he found hope in the government since he knew that many NPAs who already surrendered were humanely treated and given livelihood support,” he said.
The surrenderer likewise shared the struggles they have to endure as the result of relentless military operation.
He also revealed that he escaped and left the communist group under alias Jerry at Sitio Inaburan in Brgy. Tamban, Malungon, Sarangani Province.
Lakay also surrendered one M16 Rifle (elisco) with defaced serial number, three long Magazines, 79 rounds of ammunition and one icom radio. He was brought to 73IB headquarters in Barangay Felis, Malita, Davao Occidental for proper disposition and custodial debriefing.
Major General Noel Clement, commander of the 10ID, reiterated the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ commitment in upholding and respecting the human rights, international humanitarian law and rule of law in dealing with the NPA surrenderers.
"We always adhere to the provisions of the law. With the local government units and concerned agencies, the 10ID urges the remaining NPA terrorists to give up their armed struggle and receive government support through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program and live a normal life in the mainstream society," Clement said.