32 NPA rebels yield since January

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Monday, March 30, 2015


AT LEAST 32 members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to government authorities since January this year, the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) reported.

Eastmincom spokesperson Colonel Romeo Brawner said two of these 32 surrendered recently, contributing to the six percent reduction of the NPA strength in Eastmincom areas.

The two rebels who surrendered last week were identified as Ronnie Dumpali Lino, alias Rey, a team leader, of San Fernando in Bukidnon; and Genden Gocor Gutual, alias Jun, NPA member, of Talaingod in Davao del Norte.

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Lino surrendered to troops in Bukidnon on Thursday, while Gutual yielded in Paquibato District, Davao City, on Friday afternoon.

"Both were convinced by their respective relatives to surrender. They also said they are no longer happy in their organization," Brawner said.

Brawner said all the rebel surrenderees will be enrolled to the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (Clip) in their respective areas.

Eastmincom commander Lieutenant General Aurelio Baladad attributed the continuous influx of the surrenderees to the efforts of the stakeholders and families of the rebels who convince them to leave the NPA.

"We are happy and encouraged by the effort of different stakeholders and the families of the NPA bandits in facilitating the return of their deceived friend or family member into the mainstream," Baladad said.

He also assured the communist group that the Armed Forces of the Philippines will help them live peaceful lives with their family and friends. (ICT)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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