At least six alleged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered in Agusan del Sur province, the military said on Tuesday.
Col Andred Centino, commander of the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade , said the rebels also surrendered their firearms— two garand rifles, one Uzi machine gun, one shotgun, one Ingram machine gun,. 45 pistol, three caliber .38 pistols , one caliber .357 pistol, hand grenade and several rounds of ammunition- when they turned themselves in to the 26th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.
The names of the surrenderees, who belonged to the guerilla fronts 34 and 88 were not given for confidentiality.
Centino, said the former rebels are apparently experiencing hardships within their organization and frustrated over promises that were never fulfilled by the communist movement.
Centino said the rebels also surrendered due to the continuous offensive military operations in Agusan del Sur.
Lt. Col. Rommel Pagayon, 26th Infantry Battalion commander, said the surrender of the rebels will significantly weaken the armed rebel group, especially in the towns of Loreto, San Luis, La Paz and Talacogon and parts of Compostela Valley province.
“We are certain that more of them (NPA) are confused and afraid for their lives. We have intensified our pursuit operations towards the fleeing rebels and we are calling upon them to surrender to the folds of the law for their self-preservation,” Pagayon said.
He added that these (surrenders) are product of collaboration of efforts of the different stakeholders with a common purpose of attaining peace and further development for the communities. By CLC