Friday, September 20, 2019

NPA rebel, supporter surrender in Lanao Sur

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 20, 2019): NPA rebel, supporter surrender in Lanao Sur

A New People's Army (NPA) rebel (left) and a supporter of the communist rebel movement (right) surrender to military authorities in Saguiran town, Lanao del Sur on Thursday (September 19, 2019). The military attributed the surrender to the relentless offensives against the rebel group in Lanao del Sur. (Photo courtesy of the Army's 1st Infantry Division)

A New People’s Army (NPA) rebel and a supporter have surrendered to government authorities brought about by pressures of continuous military offensive against them in Lanao del Sur, officials said Friday.

Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion commander, said the two surrendered and turned over an M-16 Armalite rifle around 12:40 p.m. Thursday in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur.

Altre said the NPA militia, who was eager to surrender, “has influenced the supporter to follow him”.

“Our initial custodial debriefing also found out that, their surrender was the result of our relentless combat operation in the province of Lanao del Sur,” Altre said.

Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade commander, said they are gaining grounds in their relentless operation in Lanao del Sur and “we are thankful to the local populace and the local government unit for their continued trust and support”.

“We also want an unhampered recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in the most affected areas which was brought by the terrorist groups in Marawi,” Brawner added.

Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, Army’s 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the NPA militia and his supporter.

“We are confident that the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in the respective regions were properly managed by various government agencies and will continuously encourage and facilitate our former rebels to return into the mainstream society,” Ancan said.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.