From the Philippine Information Agency (Oct 30): Two NPA members surrender to the Northern Samar military
Two members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to military authorities in Northern Samar on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
Reports coming from the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Catbalogan, showed that Ruel C. Sirse, aka Bulay and Melly C. Esponilla, aka Mica, NPA squad member and NPA Medic respectively, surrendered to soldiers of the 34thInfantry Battalion under Lt Colonel Rodrigo Ilustrisimo.
The government troops were reported to have been conducting peace and development activities in Barangay Rizal, Gamay, Northern Samar when they were approached by the surrenderees. The duo brought along with them one .45 Caliber pistol with three magazines and 20 live bullets.
Under the AFP Guns For Peace Program, they will receive P25,000.00 in exchange for the firearm they surrendered. Each of them is also entitled to receive P50,000.00 livelihood assistance and P15,000.00 immediate assistance from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) under its Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP). They can further avail of the Local Social Integration Program of the Local Government Unit of Northern Samar.
During the interview Bulay and Mica admitted that they are live-in partners and they decided to surrender because they wish to raise a family away from harm and violence. Upon learning of the new program of the AFP which is the Gun for Peace Program, they were encouraged to surrender and avail of the program.
Brigadier General Jet B. Velarmino AFP, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division said: “We welcome the surrender of the two NPA members and we wish them well. The 8th ID fully supports and advocates the government’s peace program. Be assured that your Army in Eastern Visayas is always ready and willing to assist NPA rebels who wish to return to mainstream society.”