Friday, March 27, 2015

Two rebels surrender

From the Mindanao Times (Mar 26): Two rebels surrender
TWO MEMBERS of the New People’s Army from the region surrendered separately over the weekend. Alias Makjie voluntarily surrendered without firearm to the 67th Infantry Battalion based in Brgy. Central, Cateel, Davao Oriental on March 21, Saturday. Col. Romeo Brawner, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command, said the 22-year-old surrenderee left the organization after he experienced difficulties in the movement.

On the same day, alias Mike identified as an NPA medic, also voluntarily surrendered without firearm to the Troops of 60th Infantry Battalion at Sitio Palo, Brgy. Limbaan, New Corella, Davao del Norte.

According to Brawner, Mike approached the troops after he was convinced by the barangay official to leave the movement and return to the folds of the law.

The surrenderees will be enrolled in the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) to prepare them for reintegration into the society.

Eastern Mindanao had recorded around 36 rebels who have already surrendered in their area of responsibility for the 1st Quarter of the year.

In his statement, Lt. General Aurelio Baladad, EastMinCom Head, welcomed the surrenderees as the NPA anniversary is approaching on March 29. “We are happy on the decision of our two brothers to be back in the folds of the law and live a peaceful life,” he said.

“We are encouraging others who are still with the NPA to come down, surrender their firearms and live a peaceful life with their family,” Baladad said.

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