3 NPAs bring rifles as they surrender to military  

Three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the soldiers of 73rd Infantry battalion in Barangay Lun Masla, Malapatan, Sarangani Province on Monday, Jan. 29.

Capt. Mc Gary Dida, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade, said alias Mike, 24, resident of Barangay Kihan, Malapatan, surrendered along with his .30 M2 folded carbine rifle. He belonged to the Guerrilla Front 71, Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR).

“He’s tired of hiding in the jungle, most of the time the troops engaged us in an armed encounter,” Dida quoted Mike as saying.

It can be recalled that last Jan. 25, a series of encounters transpired in Malapatan and forced two NPA rebels to surrender to the 73rd IB in Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province.

They were identified  as brothers Hermes, 20, and Sabes, 35, both residents of the area, who brought along their M16 rifles when they gave up.

Dida said the NPA returnees belonged to Guerrilla Front 71, Far South Mindanao Regino ( FSMR).

“We left the armed group because of the series of encounters against the government troops, we can’t even afford to prepare and eat our meals because we are always on the run,” Hermes said.

“At this moment, the former rebels did the right thing and that is to surrender because our troops will continue to intensify security operations in the area,” Lt. Col. Marion Angcao, the  73rd IB commander, said.

The three rebels will be enrolled in the Comprehensive Local Integration Program. They will also receive additional cash for the rifles they turned over.

“Once again we are calling the attention of the remaining NPA terrorists who are still hiding to grab this opportunity to surrender. You deserve to live happily with your family,” Col. Roberto Ancan, 1002nd Brigade Commander, said.

 

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