Friday, June 19, 2020

2 more NPA rebels yield in Sarangani

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 19, 2020): 2 more NPA rebels yield in Sarangani (By Richelyn Gubalani)

Lt. Col. Lino Capellan, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 12. (File photo courtesy of PRO-12)

Two more “disgruntled” members of a New People’s Army (NPA) unit operating in Sarangani have surrendered to police and military authorities in Maitum town in the province.

Lt. Col. Lino Capellan, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 (Soccsksargen), said Friday
the rebels voluntarily yielded, along with their firearms, in Barangay Kalaneg, Maitum at about 5 a.m. last June 17.

Capellan said the surrender was facilitated by elements of PRO-12, Sarangani provincial police, Maitum municipal police, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency 12, 10th Infantry Division Mechanized Infantry Battalion, and the Army’s 37th Infantry Battalion.

The returnees were former members of Platoons RR and Samsung of the NPA’s Guerilla Front 73 (Musa) - Far South Mindanao Region.

He said they turned in a Garand rifle with one clip loaded with eight live ammunition and a Smith and Wesson caliber .38 revolver with six live ammunition.
“They decided to give up mainly due to their difficult situation in the mountains and they also wanted to return to their families,” Capellan told reporters.

He said the surrenderers were brought to the base of the 1204th Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 12 in Barangay Nalus, Kiamba town for debriefing and documentation.

The two will be enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program so they can avail of aid packages and receive appropriate remuneration for the surrendered firearms, Capellan said.

Since late last month, a total of 46 NPA combatants under NPA Front 73 have surrendered in Sarangani.

Some 44 rebels from the municipalities of Kiamba, Maasim, and Maitum renewed their allegiance to the government and burned an NPA flag in a ceremony in Kiamba town last May 28.

The NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

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