Friday, June 26, 2020

Mother and son rebels surrender in Cordillera

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 26, 2020): Mother and son rebels surrender in Cordillera (By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis)

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 26 (PIA) -- The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO Cor) presented two members of the New People’s Army who surrendered to the fold of the law at the Camp Bado Dangwa here on June 23.

PRO-Cor Regional Director PBGen. R’win Pagkalinawan
presented the NPA members, a mother and her son identified as Alyas Nanay and Alyas Balyer, who also surrendered their firearms.

Alyas Nanay, 47, is an active member of the Militia ng Bayan operating in Barangay Tabacda, Tubo, Abra. She surrendered her firearm described as Colt 45 with seven live ammunitions and MK2 hand grenade.

Her son, Alyas Balyer is 25 years old and a squad keader under the Komite Larangan Guerilya (KLG) operating in the boundaries of Benguet, Abra, Mountain Province and Ilocos Sur. He also surrendered a KG9 submachine gun with nine live ammunitions and MK2 hand grenade.

Balyer revealed that sometime in 2013, he was recruited by left leaning groups initially due to his skills in playing gongs. He has since been joining various invitations of cultural presentation and protest rallies in Baguio City. He was then integrated and exploited to various anti-government protests and later joined the underground movement where he was inducted as Candidate Party member of the terrorist group.

Pagkalinawan said the mother and son decided to leave the underground movement because they have learned that their comrades who have surrendered are living peaceful life and enjoying the good life given by the government. Moreover, they are tired of the hardships they are experiencing in the mountains, hiding and always being on the run due to massive joint military and police combat operations.

Their surrender was thru the concerted efforts of the intelligence operatives of PRO COR Regional Intelligence Division (RID), RIU 14, PIB, Benguet Provincial Police Office and the La Trinidad Municipal Police and with the support and intercession their relatives and local chief executives.

Pagkalinawan said these rebel returnees will undergo the custodial and stress debriefing prior to their enrollment to the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Meanwhile, Alyas Willy, a 54 year old activist and a leader of various sectoral organizations based in Baguio City and Benguet province, appeared at the PRO-Cor to clear his name.

The PRO-Cor considers this continuing surrender of members of the communist terrorist groups as a welcome development. He assures that the PNP will help them return to normal way of life thru the delivery of basic social and public safety services.

“With our collective efforts, we can make a difference in securing our people from any terroristic act. That is the Filipino spirit of bayanihan,” said Pagkalinawan. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)

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