The Visayan Daily Star (Jul 15): Rebels surrender guns
Seven firearms were surrendered by six members of the New People’s Army in central Negros to the 11th Infantry Battalion in the past two weeks.
Lt. Col. Wilfredo Isaac, its commander, also said yesterday that seven more assorted guns with magazines of ammunition were also surrendered to them by civilians, as a result of the immersion activities of the 11IB Bayanihan teams in the hinterland areas of central Negros.
Among the high-powered firearms surrendered were an M16 assault rifle,an M14 rifle, shotguns, assorted handguns, military records show.
Those who surrendered the firearms can avail of financial assistance under the Guns for Peace program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Isaac said.
The M16 armalite rifle has a cash equivalent of P50,000 and an M14 rifle P60,000.
Last week, 28 Yunit Militia and Party Branch members of the Komiteng Rehiyonal Sentral Bisayas surrendered en masse to the 79th Infantry Battalion in Siaton, Negros Oriental.
Isaac said the rebel returnees who surrendered the firearms, pledged to support and help the government in their peace and development effort.