Six alleged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels operating in Surigao del Sur have surrendered to the military on Monday (Sept. 23), the military said.
Lt. Col. Warren Munda, commander of the Army’s 75th Infantry Battalion based in Bislig City said the communist guerillas gave themselves up at their headquarters in Barangay Maharlika yesterday, Monday, and turned over five firearms including an M-16, an M-653 assault rifle, four rifle grenades and rounds of ammunition.
Munda identified the rebel returnees by their aliases: “Bong”, “Pat”, “Adan”, “Sheila”, “Bugoy” and alias “Galo”— who all belonged to NPA’s Guerrilla Front 14.
The six are undergoing debriefing, documentation and psychosocial intervention before their enrollment in the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP.
Munda, quoting one of the surrenderers, said the former rebels decided to abandon the armed struggle after realizing they were being deceived and exploited by the NPA leadership.
He reiterated his appeal to the remaining communist guerrillas to surrender and return to their respective families.
According to Munda, the unprecedented number of surrenders in the province could be attributed to the Duterte administration’s call to return to government fold.
“Sooner or later we’ll be able to dismantle the WGF14 we have been confronting in our area of responsibility. We have the local government and the people in the community who support us throughout the campaign that lead us to the accomplishment of our mission and foster inclusive and sustainable Peace and Development,” Munda said. By CLC