Three alleged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels operating in Surigao del Sur have surrendered to the military, the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade said on Monday (Nov.5).
Lt. Col. Jaime Datuin, commander of the 75th Infantry Battalion, said the communist guerillas voluntarily turned themselves to the Alpha Company of the army battalion based in Barangay Doña Carmen in Tagbina town on November 3.
He identified the alleged surrenderers as Richard Rojas, Mario Silades and Jimmy Juyamag –who all belonged to NPA’s Guerrilla Front 14.
The rebels brought one M653 baby armalite rifle, one Cal 30 M2 Carbine, one improvised antipersonnel land mine and an improvised explosive device.
As surrenderees, Datuin said the three would be enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the national government and would receive legal and livelihood assistance and other social benefits.
Datuin said he is optimistic that more NPA rebels will surrender.
“I encourage those CPP-NPA who remain supporting the ideal and propaganda of CPP-NPA to observe and participate again to the implementation of our progressive country through laying your weapons without any cause of death,” he added. By CLC