Thursday, June 25, 2020

11 NPA rebels surrender in Antique

From the Manila Bulletin (Jun 23, 2020): 11 NPA rebels surrender in Antique (By Tara Yap)

A total of 11 rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered Tuesday to the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) and the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61 IB) in Culasi town, Antique province.

Police Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan of Police Regional Office (PRO-6) talk to several of the 11 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who surrendered Tuesday, June 23. (PRO-6)

“These 11 rebels were once leaders and members of the NPA’s Panay Regional Committee,” said PRO-6 Director Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan.

Among them was “Ka Paner”, who was squad leader of NPA’s Igabon Platoon. Another was squad leader “Anton” or “Minmin” of the NPA’s Napoleon Tumagtang Command Southern Front Committee.

The 11 former rebels reportedly operate in Antique and the boundary towns in neighboring Aklan province.

Pamuspusan dismissed claims of left-wing organizations that men who surrendered were fake NPA rebels.

“The police and the army both validated their participation in armed communist activities,” Pamuspusan told members of the Iloilo Police and Defense Press Corps in an online press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Aside from the physical surrender, the former NPA rebels also gave up their firearms including two shotguns, a .45-caliber pistol, three grenades, five rifle grenades, and several types of ammunition.

Meanwhile, Governor Rhodora Cadiao of Antique province assured the former rebels will be entitled to avail livelihood program under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) that will assist them as they gradually rejoin the folds of society.

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