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Monday, January 13, 2014
NINE more members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered on Friday to government troops in two separate areas in Eastern Mindanao.
Eastern Mindanao Command's Public Information officer Captain Alberto Caber, in a text message, said first who surrendered were Charlie Pasco, alias Long hair; Jeffrey Pasco, alias Balbal; and Guiller Ombaoy, alias Ritchen.
Caber said the three men, who were members of the NPA's Front 51 Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) that is operating in Davao del Sur and Makilala in North Cotabato, surrendered to the 39th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Managa, Bansalan, Davao del Sur.
The rebels surrendered at 8 a.m. and brought with them one M14 rifle and two M16 rifles.
Caber said the other six surrendered to the Peace and Development Team (PDT) of the 27th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Tasiman, Lake Sebu in South Cotabato on Friday afternoon.
The six rebel returnees were identified as Rudy Sawang, a team leader of the farmer's sector; John Tomo; Lemuel Nalon; Anita Dalugan, a vice team leader of Women's sector; Luna Kaong; and Dina Daludo, all residents of Barangay Tasiman in Lake Sebu.
Caber said these six rebel returnees were responsible in organizing farmers, women, and youth sectors in carrying out the NPA’s recruitment and expansion in Barangay Tasiman in Lake Sebu.
"The rebel returnees said hardships and false promises from their leaders, as well as frustrations in the actual practices of the group made them decide to return to the folds of the law," Caber said.
The rebel returnees are now under the custody of the Army's 10th Infantry Division for the normal procedure in availing the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government.
Eastmincom commander Lieutenant General Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III said he believes that the dedication and discipline of the peace and development teams deployed in areas under the Eastern Mindanao enabled to gain the trust of the community. (ICT)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 13, 2014.