Saturday, September 19, 2015

Eastern Samar rebel surrenders, yields firearm

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 19): Eastern Samar rebel surrenders, yields firearm

A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to the joint elements of the 14th Infantry Battalion and Intelligence Unit at Vigan village in General MacArthur, Eastern Samar.

Col. Perfecto M. Rimando, 801st brigade commander, identified the NPA surrenderee as Romeo Belarmente alias Ogaya, member of section committee southeast of sub regional committee, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC).

The rebel, who yielded one ingram (Shooter brand) and one magazine loaded with 16 ammunitions, surrendered Tuesday night and is now undergoing custodial debriefing.

The surrenderee will avail the Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP) wherein he will receive initial Php 15,000 immediate cash assistance and Php 50,000 livelihood assistance after the documentation and livelihood seminar program, which will be facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“The rebel decided to surrender following the realization that fighting the government and enduring hard life in the mountains are a lost cause,” said Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, lauded the effort of the troops in Eastern Samar for a job well done.

Further, he reiterated that surrender is a clear victory for the people of Eastern Samar who yearn for peace and desire to live peacefully and lawfully.

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