From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 19): Sultan Kudarat cop chief laughs off NPA claims of fake rebel returnees
Police officials in Sultan Kudarat have been awarded Monday for the surrender of six New Peoples’ Army members over the weekend even as a police official junked claims by communist leaders of fake surrenderers.
Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, Sultan Kudarat police director, said the firearms surrendered by the returnees and the statements they submit admitting they belong to Front 72 operating in the hinterlands of Sen. Ninoy Aquino and nearby towns in Sultan Kudarat was enough proof they were genuine rebels.
Supiter who was awarded along with his subordinates by PNP-Regional Office in Gen. Santos City, laughed off the claim of Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command (VP-ROC) of the NPA.
In a statement, Palamine said the surrender was fake and that the rebels were not actually part of their organization.
He added that the surrender was only for money purposes.
But Supiter said the livelihood for the surrenderees was directly given to them as beneficiary in exchange for the firearms they turned over.
On Monday, Supiter and SPO3 Glorecto B. Parong were awarded PNP Merit Medal (Medalya Ng Kagalingan) for displaying meritorious act that led to the surrender of six NPA members.
The NPAs were identified as Lito Tubo Gampong, Baldis Tubo Gampong, EntingMacayal Gampong, Elis Tubo Sayao, June Anggas Bulusan, and Bondri Tubo Galang all were under Commander Mac-Mac of GF 73 Platoon Cherry Mobile and the surrender of their six high powered firearms and one improvised grenade.
Senior Inspector Kristiane Ace Sularte, Ninoy Aquino town police chief and Inspector Roberto Trinidad were conferred with Medalya Ng Kasanayan (PNP Efficiency Medal) for their exemplary efficiency in the performance of their duties and responsibilities during the capitulation of the said NPA members.