Monday, April 13, 2020

7 NPA rebels yield in Sarangani

From the Manila Bulletin (Apr 13, 2020): 7 NPA rebels yield in Sarangani (By Joseph Jubelag)

At least seven members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to local security officials in Maasim, Sarangani over the weekend.

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Sarangani Police Director Colonel Lex Ephraim Gurat said the former NPA fighters used to belong to the Guerilla Front Musa under the NPA-Far South Mindanao region operating in the provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato. They were formally turned over to Maasim Mayor Xyres Pacquiao, who welcomed the surrenderers in a simple turnover rite at the municipal hall.

Gurat said
 the NPA surrenderers also turned in an M-16 and a Garand rifles, a .45 caliber pistol, and 12 gauge shotgun.

Gurat said police and military intelligence operatives started negotiations for their surrender last month. One of them was identified as a certain Commande Esmael.

Esmael said they opted to surrender following the intensified military operations launched against the NPA rebels in Sarangani and adjacent provinces.

“We’re tired of running away from the pursuing government forces,” Esmael said.

Pacquiao said the surrenderers will be provided with livelihood and cash assistance under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program.

He urged other NPA rebels operating in his municipality to lay down their arms and avail the government’s localized peace initiatives under the CLIP program.

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