Communist rebel surrenders

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Monday, October 8, 2012


DISGRUNTLED with the communist movement, a 36-year-old New People’s Army (NPA) rebel has surrendered to the government in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, a military official reported Monday.

Captain Albert Caber, Army 1st Infantry Division spokesman, said Lito Sumasal Bawan alias “Ka Robin” surrendered around 8:30 a.m. of Sunday to the detachment of the 5th Infantry Battalion’s Bravo Company in the village of Lourdes, Pagadian City.

Caber said Bawan, who belongs to the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee, turned over a Garand rifle with ammunition when he surrendered.

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Bawan decided to surrender after he became “frustrated and exhausted by the hardships he had while waging a long, endless and useless war against the government,” Caber said.

The surrender of Bawan, who is a resident of Dampaln village, Pagadian City, was made possible through the assistance of Lourdes village chief Narcisa Puro.

Bawan is now at the headquarters of the Army’s 5th Infantry Battalion for debriefing and proper disposition.

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