2 NPAs give up

A HUSBAND and his wife, both members of the New People’s Army (NPA), surrendered to government troopers on Friday in Malita, Davao Occidental.

Capt. Mc Gary Dida, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade, identified the couple as Bonio Dawa, 45, and wife Ligaya, 40, both of Sitio Kiapok, Barangay Little Baguio in Malita.

In surrendering to the 73rd Infantry Battalion, the Dawa couple also surrendered their firearms.

The couple reportedly gave up due to the hardships they had experience while at the underground movement.

“I’m tired of the unfulfilled promises of the NPAs,” Bonio said in vernacular. “They promised to give us financial support and a portion of land.”

Starting January, 16 rebels already surrendered to the 73rd IB, with the unit gaining a total of 13 surrendered assorted high powered firearms.

“With our intensive security operations and continuous collaborations with the Local Government Units and other stakeholders, we can align our efforts in attaining a peaceful and conflict resilient communities with in our area of operation,” said Lt. Col. Angcao, the 73rd IB commander.

The former rebels will be presented to the LGU of Davao Occidental for immediate assistance and subsequently enroll them to the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).

They will be provided with livelihood and cash assistance that will help them to start a new and peaceful life.

“The brigade is always open for NPA who are willing to lay down their firearms, go back to the folds of law and enjoy the peaceful life,” said Col. Roberto Ancan, the 1002nd Brigade Commander. “The government has a program that will provide livelihood assistance to help them start a living.”

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