ISABELA, Negros Occidental, June 18 ( PIA) –- Two-high ranking New People’s Army (NPA) officers in Central Negros Occidental recently surrendered to the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police.
"Ka Dodong,” political instructor of Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) platoon, Central Negros 2 (CN2) and “Ka Lara,” NPA medical officer voluntarily surrendered to 62nd Infantry (Unifier) Battalion, 3ID, Philippine Army Acting Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Melvin N. Flores and the Isabela town PNP head Captain Joseph B. Partidas.
"The return of the Communist Terrorist rebels to the folds of the law is the outcome of right information provided to the populace and in collaboration with civil authorities," Flores noted.
"We assure that the rebel returnees will be given financial support, legal assistance, and livelihood package as part of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government to former rebels, ’’ he added.
"Ka Dodong" turned over a .45 caliber pistol, two magazines and 25 serviceable ammunitions.
The couple decided to surrender upon learning of the government’s (E-CLIP) and their desire to live a peaceful life with their child.
They were disgruntled with the NPA’s false promise that they will be given land, as well as the absence of medical assistance and growing suspicion within their ranks.
According to Colonel Flores the surrender is the gradual result of the Whole-of-Nation Approach of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
He offered to work hand-in-hand with NPAs who choose peace to successfully end the insurgency and to achieve an inclusive and lasting peace here in Negros Island.
“Once again, I call upon the members of the NPAs to lay down your arms and embrace the true meaning of peace. Armed struggle is not a solution to the problem. Let us work hand in hand, I know that you are tired and you are longing to be with your family and lovedones. Let the government help you on your quest for peace and to be with your family,” Flores added. (JSC/LLJR/With report from 62IB, 3ID, PA)