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After 13 years, another member of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) had withdrawn his support to the said group earlier today, April 19, 2022 in Brgy Poblacion, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

Detectives of the CIDG RFU 4B and NICA 4B welcomed Edison Villanueva Coloma a.k.a. “Ka Ben,” or “Angelo,” or “Jen” a member of the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC) who is designated as Giyang Pampulitika (Political Officer) and Medical Officer.

Under the guidance of its Director, PMGen Eliseo DC Cruz, the efforts exerted by the said CIDG unit and the local Government thereat in facilitating the surrender under E-CLIP program paved the way for the successful return of Coloma to the Government’s side. The program aimed of creating a smooth negotiation with members of the radical group and expedite the necessary action for the fast reintegration of the returnees to the government side.

“Ka Ben” was an STRPC member since 2009 operating in the area of Mindoro Island where he also acts as an organizer and is involved in the recruitment for the group. He is the 4th to surrender and returned to the government’s side since PMGen Eliseo DC Cruz took office as Director of the CIDG in March this year.

The CIDG reaffirms to the public its commitment to end all conflict and violence between the Government and the insurgent groups and the surrender of Coloma is the proof of this.