On the morning of 23 February 2018, another member of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) surrendered to the NOLCOM troops in Cagayan Province. Joel Asucena Ballinan (alias Joren/Javier) voluntarily surrendered, without firearms, to the 17th Infantry Battalion, under the Joint Task Force “Tala” of the 5th Infantry Division.
Ballinan is a 19-year-old residing in Sitio Turutukan, Brgy. San Juan, Rizal, Cagayan. Ballinan submitted himself to the authorities for an interview, and divulged that he was a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) belonging to “Iskwad Tres, Platun Bravo” of the Danilo Ben Command, Northern Front, “Komiteng Rehiyon, Hilagang Sentral Luzon (KR-HSL).” He was designated as Logistics Officer and Team Leader (TL) of his unit led by Reymund Guzman (alias Bladdy/Rey) as their platoon leader.
Though his true name and alias were not found and listed in the latest Periodic Status Report (PSR), Ballinan was also identified by his former comrade, who previously surrendered to 17th Infantry Battalion last December 11, 2017, as alias Zoren which was listed Number 34 in the PSR.