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3 NPA members, 1 sympathizer surrender to PNP in Agusan Norte

At least three members and a supporter of the communist rebel group surrendered to police authorities in Agusan del Norte on Saturday, Jan.8.  Courier File Photo

At least three members and a supporter of the communist rebel group surrendered to the police in Agusan del Norte Saturday and took their oath of allegiance to the government.

The surrenderers were identified only through their aliases: ‘Toman,’ 37; ‘Sesit,’ 52; ‘Suseth,’40 ; and ‘Marlita,’59.

The former rebels and sympathizer were from Guerilla Front 4A, 19 and 21C of the NPA’s Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), said Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr.,the regional director of the Caraga police.

Caramat said the rebels decided to return to the fold of the law as the Philippine National Police, together with other government agencies, strengthened the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 that aims to end the long-running insurgency in the country.

He encouraged those who are still in the armed movement to surrender and return to the folds of the law.

“I continue to appeal to the active members of the terrorist group and their supporters, free yourselves from the bonds of deceit, and abuses, lay down your arms, abandon the armed struggle and surrender to the government to live a peaceful life together with your family,” Caramat said in a statement.

Caramat added the surrenderees would be provided with financial assistance under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). CLC

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