Moreno alyas Ka Kulas and his wife Nida Lugares Moreno alias
receives P50,000.00 from Col. Mario G Lacurom INF (GSC) PA,
Deputy Brigade Commander, 803Bde, 8ID, PA at Brgy Trojillo,
Bobon, Northern Samar as remuneration for the two (2) Cal .45
Pistols that they surrendered as part of the AFP’s Gun for Peace
Program. Also present during the activity is Mayor Rene
Celespara of Bobon, LTC Noel A Vestuir (INF) GSC PA, CO, 20IB,
8ID, PA and 1LT Andrew M Linao, CO, BCO, 20IB, 8ID PA.
encourages comrades and followers to surrender
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
June 24, 2013
BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope de
Vega, Northern Samar – Lemuel Moreno alias Ka Kulas, the squad leader
of Seksyon Komite 2 (SK2), Front Committee 2 (FC2), Northern Samar
Provincial Party Committee (NSPPC) of the Eastern Visayas Regional
Party Committee EVRPC who surrendered to 20th Infantry (We Lead)
Battalion, along with his wife, Nida Lugares Moreno alias Mina,
Medical Offr, SK2, F2, NSPPC, EVRPC last June 13, 2013 urged his
comrades and followers to surrender.
Ka Kulas calls for his
comrades and followers to return to the mainstream of society during
the giving of immediate cash assistance amounting to Fifty Thousand
Pesos (P50,000.00) as part of the remuneration after he turned over
two (2) caliber .45 pistols, in a simple ceremony held yesterday, June
23, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at Barangay Trojillo, Bobon,
The said amount was given in
consonance the AFP’s Gun for Peace Program that provides corresponding
amount to former rebels who turn-in firearms as a manifestation of
their commitment to leave the revolutionary organization and to live
decent and normal lives with their families.
According to alyas Kulas, he
decided to surrender after knowing of the program from some of the
residents in their former mass base barangays in the hinterlands of
Bobon, Northern Samar.
Due to the continued
presence of government troops in the barangays that conduct peace and
development activities, alyas Kulas and his group has experienced
hardships of hiding, moving from one place to another that forced him
to realize the futility of his continued struggle since the mass base
that they considered their own, are no longer supporting them.
According to Kulas, “Makuri an sige tago kay diri na kami
ginsusuportahan sa mga tawo nga gin lalauman namon nga mga masa sa mga
barangay (It is hard to keep on hiding since the people that we
believe to be our mass base would no longer help us in the barangays).
LTC Noel Vestuir, the
Commanding Officer of 20IB on his part said that, due to the continued
combat and social pressure exerted by the government troops and with
the collaboration and support of all the stakeholders to include the
people, the movements of the armed NPAs in the hinterland barangays
were restricted and they could no longer hide in the barangays since
the people are already tired of their extortion activities and
supporting the revolutionary movement.
Vestuir said, “With the
continued and concerted efforts of all our peace and development
stakeholders, we were able to bring the programs and services of the
government up to the remotest barangays in the area. This has allowed
the people to realize that indeed the government is sincere in
bringing peace and development in the barangays unlike what the NPAs
are doing, they took advantage of the people’s hard earned resources
to support their revolutionary struggle”.
Vestuir also calls for the
remaining NPA regulars to lay down their arms and avail the current
programs of the government that could help them as they return to the
mainstream of our society. He also thanked the stakeholders as well as
the people in the barangays for their continued support to the ongoing
peace and development efforts of Philippine Army in the area.
“We will welcome and help
those who choose to live in peace, but we will not hesitate to use the
full might and strength of our forces to those who continue to
threaten the people in the barangays that we are bound to serve”,