At least nine alleged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels operating in Agusan del Sur province surrendered to the military on Sunday, said Col. Andres C. Centino, commander of the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade.
Centino said the rebels gave themselves up to the 26th Infantry Battalion based in Barangay San Nicolas, Talacogon town yesterday Sunday (Jan. 28) and turned over nine firearms.
Five of the surrenderees belonged to the NPA’s Guerrilla Front 88 operating in San Luis and La Paz towns, while the remaining four belonged to the NPA’s Guerrilla Front 34, which operates in the adjacent towns of Loreto and Veruela.
As surrenderees, the nine would be enrolled in the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the national government and would receive legal and livelihood assistance and other social benefits.
They were also expected to receive similar benefits and cash rewards for the firearms that they surrendered under the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP).
Centino lauded town and village officials who played a vital role in the surrender of the rebels.
“We will continue to intensify our collaboration with the different stakeholders especially to the local chief executives to pave way for the realization of peaceful communities in Agusan del Sur,” he said.
“Sa tanang miyembro sa walhong grupo nga gikapoy na, amo kamong gi-awhag nga magbalik na sa sabakan sa atong gobyerno aron makab-ot ang tinud-anay nga kausaban ug malahutayong kalambuan,” he added. By GD Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Dayag