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IN Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, an inspiring reunion took place on July 4, 2023.
Marilyn Mandag, who spent several years as a medic for the communist group, was finally reunited with her family.
Just a few days ago, on July 2, 2023, Marilyn, also known as Milca, made the brave decision to surrender with her partner, Dindo Kusong, known as Kalibo.
They voluntarily surrendered themselves to the 65th Infantry (Stalwart) Battalion.
Marilyn was the last member of her family to leave the communist group and return to the side of the government.
His parents left the group and returned to the legal path on January 16, 2020, while his brother, Rudilyn Mandag, surrendered on September 18, 2021.
Upon receiving a phone call from their daughter, Roberto and Lisa Mandag, Marilyn’s parents, requested the 29th Infantry (Matatag) Battalion to arrange a visit to see their daughter, who is under the custody of 65IB.
Emotions flowed as tears streamed down the faces of the Mandag family during their much-anticipated reunion.
In her statement, Marilyn expressed her happiness to see her parents, siblings, and loved ones again.
He explained that during his time with the communist rebels, they were not allowed to contact their families or even see them because it was against their doctrines.
He expressed deep gratitude to finally see his family alive, confirming the false information given to him by his commander, AKA Mackoy/Dindo, who falsely claimed that his mother was dead and his father was imprisoned in pigsty when they surrendered.
He realized that Mackoy/Dindo was manipulating him using NPA propaganda to deceive him and recruit more youths and masses.
Marilyn also expressed her great gratitude to the soldiers for giving her the opportunity to be with her family again.
Lisa, Marilyn’s mother, shared her gratitude for her daughter’s safe return and the completion of their family.
He no longer worries about their well-being, especially when Milca was still in the mountains.
Lisa also expressed gratitude to the government, particularly the ECLIP (Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program), for providing them with housing and livelihood assistance, contrary to the false claim made by the NPA.
The 29th Army commander, Lieutenant Colonel Cresencio C. Gargar, expressed deep gratitude for the opportunity to reunite the Mandag family, who became victims of false promises and propaganda by the communist group.
He called on those still trapped in the misguided group to surrender, because the 29IB and the provincial government of Agusan Del Norte are ready to help them through the Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program (ECLIP) to start their new lives.
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