TWO leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) and a medic surrendered to the 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB) on July 1, 2022 at Sitio Anahaw, Barangay Bantaawan, Gingoog City.

The military identified the leaders as Golden Romania Compas Sr., a former Political Guide of Platoon Falcon, Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 1; and Neiljan Pasague Legaspino, the VCO1/SL of SRSDG Eagles, Sub-Regional Committee (SRC).

The medic who surrendered was the wife of Legaspino Ariel Uba Compas, medic of Platoon Falcon, SRC 1.

They turned over one M16 improvised into a Sniper Rifle with magazines and ammunition; one Improvised Explosive Device (IED); two Blasting Caps, and 10 Mtrs detonating cord.

The three former rebels are currently under the custody of 58IB and would be enrolled in the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP). They will be expected to receive more than P200,000 financial assistance.

Brigadier General Adonis Ariel Orio, 402nd Brigade commander, in his statement, commended the troops for their tireless effort that resulted in the successful surrender of said rebels.

"I congratulate the troops of 58IB for this achievement. Indeed, this is attributed to all of their hardworking personnel as a result of relentless efforts and diligence. Also, this is made possible with the support and efforts made by the NTF-ELCAC, local government units and the rest of the community," Orio said.

"However, this is my call to the remaining CNT members as I urge you to choose the path of peace, the Stingers Brigade will not cease in conducting our Focused Military Operations until all of our enemies are finally neutralized,” he added.