Task Force Balik-Loob Chair and Department of National Defense Undersecretary Reynaldo B. Mapagu called on the remaining active members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) and local terrorist groups to surrender and avail of reintegration assistance benefits from the government.
The appeal comes after the reported deaths of the top officials of the New People's Army (NPA) and Dawlah Islamiyah (DI) in separate military operations in Mindanao last week.
"The deaths of NPA leader Jorge 'Ka Oris' Madlos and the so-called 'emir' of DI, Salahuddin Hassan, point to the diminishing capability of these terror groups, especially in Mindanao," Usec. Mapagu said. "As these groups lose their key officers, we fully expect their terror operations to fall apart."
Usec. Mapagu underscored that the remaining active members of the terrorist groups should take the present opportunity to surrender, lest they also suffer the same fate in encounters with the military and police.
"This is the most opportune time for our brothers and sisters to desert the life of violence they were indoctrinated into by these insurgents," the task force Chair added. "While the promises of these terror groups to their members amount to nothing, our reintegration assistance and benefits for former rebels and former violent extremists are real and tangible."
"Huwag n'yong sayangin ang inyong buhay. Gamitin n'yo ang pagkakataon na ito upang makabalik sa inyong pamilya at mabuhay nang mapayapa," Usec. Mapagu called on the active rebels. "Narito ang ating gobyerno upang tulungan kayo."