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Saturday, March 1, 2014
A POLITICAL officer of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered on Thursday to the government in the province of Davao del Norte, a military official said Saturday.
Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) information officer Captain Alberto Caber identified the NPA official who surrendered as Geneng Ambas alias Chong.
Caber said Ambas surrendered Thursday to the troops of the Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion at Purok 6 in the village of Linao, San Isidro, Davao del Norte.
Caber said that the surrender of Ambas, the brain of the NPA’s illegal activities in the province, was arranged by his relatives and the village officials.
Ambas revealed he was a victim of NPA’s deception until he realized that they were already into banditry and terrorism which changed his mind and opted to surrender, said Caber.
Meanwhile, he said that there were 230 NPA rebels who surrendered to the government in 2013.
He said that seven of them belong to the underground mass organization of the NPA.
Eastmincom chief Lieutenant General Ricardo Rainier Cruz III earlier expressed his gratitude to the communities for the strong support to the soldiers in winning the peace.
“The snowball of returnees in Eastern Mindanao is concrete evidence that the spirit of Bayanihan among us is alive,” Cruz said. (Bong Garcia)