From the Manila Bulletin (Feb 5): More NPAs surrendering every day – AFP
Camp Bancasi, Butuan City – A top leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) and 11 supporters of the insurgent group surrendered to the military last Saturday, according to 71st Infantry Battalion (71stIB) Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer First Lieut. Jhocell D. Asis.
Asis said the vice commander of the Sandatahang Yunit Pangpropaganda of Guerilla Front Committee 27 (FC 27) of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) voluntarily surrendered to 71st IB commander Lt. Col. Esteveyn E. Ducusin in Purok 8, Barangay Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley (ComVal) province on Saturday.
He was accompanied by eight of his men and 11 members of the FC 27 Solid Mass Organization (SMO).
The identities of those who surrendered were withheld for their safety.
The surrenderers are currently under debriefing in preparation for their active participation in the peace and development program currently implemented by the 71st IB and local government units in ComVal province, added the 71st CMO officer.
Last week, eight other NPA regulars belonging to guerilla-Front Committee 2, SRC 2 of the CPP-NPA-SMRC also voluntarily surrendered to the same unit in Mawab, ComVal province.
The surrenderers turned in anti-government documents, including reading materials entitled “100 Taon Rebolusyong Oktubre,” assorted live bullets and cellphones with high intelligence value.
“The significant number of NPAs, who are surrendering almost every day, is a manifestation that some NPA terrorists are already tired and because of this we continue our focused military operation to hunt down remaining communist terrorists who continue their violent acts against our constituents,” Ducusin said, in a statement sent to The Manila Bulletin on Sunday.