From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 7): 6 Reds yield in Maguindanao
Elements of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion on Wednesday welcomed six New Peoples’ Army rebels, including two amazons, who decided to surrender in simple ceremonies in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
Capt. John Arvin Encinas, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division, identified the rebels as Elsie Absalon, Fatima Sabnol Tubalay, Adog Jan Gonde, Dadok Ebus alias Kohan, Banol Ebus alias Ben, and Dante Sapakas alias Bosing.
Encinas said the surrenderers turned over three long barrel homemade shotguns, one Armalite M-16 rifle, one homemade M-14 rifle, and one 40 mm M-79 grenade launcher with assorted magazines and ammunition.
Their surrender, Encinas said, came after four NPA rebels belonging to the Manobo tribe surrendered to the military on June 1 due to failed promises by communist rebel leaders.
Encinas said the increasing number of rebels returning to the fold of the law is an indication the communist movement has been losing mass base support.
The surrenderers, he said, will get livelihood package from the government in exchange for their surrendered firearms.