8 more NPAs yield to Army in SK

Mindanao Peace Process • Thu Nov 2, 2017 05:11 PM  •  1,103   0
By Edwin O. Fernandez
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Enemies no more. 33rd Infantry Battalion officials and former communist rebels belonging to Indigenous Peoples tribe pose after surrender ceremonies in the mountains where they used to fight. (33td IB Photo)
Enemies no more. 33rd Infantry Battalion officials and former communist rebels belonging to Indigenous Peoples tribe pose after surrender ceremonies in the mountains where they used to fight. (33td IB Photo)
SEN. NINOY AQUINO, Sultan Kudarat -- Eight more members of the New People's Army surrendered Thursday to Philippine security forces in Sultan Kudarat.  

Captain Rogelio Agustin Jr., commanding officer of the Charlie Company, 33rd Infantry Battalion, said the former rebels handed over new two M-16 assault rifles and two huge improvised bombs during simple rite at the forested area of Barangay Kuden, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat.  

"They were very tired and hungry after months of evading our patrols in the forests,” Capt. Agustin said.  

“It is fortunate that they heard about the good stories about the other rebels who had surrendered to our unit in the past months," Agustin said.  

1Lt John Jamora, the Commanding Officer of Alpha Company, revealed that “Ka Bobby” and “Ka Jimboy,” leaders of Platoon Cloudphone who surrendered in September, facilitated the negotiations with their former subordinates.  

Michael Galing, 37, one of the surrenderors, stated that he had learned about the ongoing efforts of the local government to resolve their community problems.  

"Mayor Randy Ecija and the Army have extended their assistance to the Manobo tribe. We now believe that the government can solve our problems such as the land grabbing in our ancestral lands," Galing said.  

The 33rd IB also cited the roles of different state security forces, including the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 26th Military Intelligence Company, Sen. Ninoy Aquino municipal police office and the local government unit in the successful campaign to bring rebels back to the mainstream.
 

Their surrender rose to 60 NPA members returning to the fold of the law since May, through the efforts of 33rd IB.


Lt. Colonel Harold Cabunoc, 33rd IB chief, lauded his men for using their influence in bringing in the IP fighters who were obviously duped by NPA leaders.
 

He said they will receive government assistance through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government.  

Under the clip, rebel returnees receive livelihood assistance from the government. 

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