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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A pregnant CTG surrenders to 36IB

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur – A pregnant woman, Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) member Charmaine Ravelo Coquilla voluntarily surrendered to the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion last 14 June 2022 in Butuan City.

(Photo credit to 36IB)

As reported, Coquilla decided to surrender to save and secure herself as she carries the innocent unborn child inside her womb.  Accordingly, her partner Dexter Umba  was killed in an encounter last April 14, 2022.

The surrenderee narrated that she was deluded with the promise to have  a good life and the opportunity to earn as well when she joined the leftist group. However, Charmaine was not allowed to leave the said group as she was threatened with stories of torture the CNTs would do to those who wanted to escape. This led her to stay in the group as she was brought to unknown places without her knowledge.

36IB Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Michael Rey S Reuyan, welcomed the decision of Charmaine to return to the folds of the government, as he emphasized the right to live peacefully is a right of every human being.

“There is no direction in joining the false and forced propaganda of the CTGs, especially to the unborn. A life of terror and ambiguity by holding arms is not the solution to the menial problem of our nation. Your baby could have a brighter future ahead as you step away from the armed struggle”, LTC Reuyan said.

Lt. Col Reuyan explained that a second chance awaits for those who want peace with the government, and emphasized the E-CLIP implementation of the national government. “The E-CLIP is the government’s reintegration program for the Former Rebels (FR). It has played a key role in the CNTs decision to surrender and to have a better future,” Lt. Col. Reuyan bared.

“It offers another chance  to go back to the community and be reunited with your family.” Lt. Col. Reuyan noted.

The surrenderee is being enrolled to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). She had her first visit to the health clinic and had undergone prenatal, physical examination, and laboratory tests. Her baby is in  healthy condition. (Grace Barcena/with the report from CMO-36IB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)