FOUR New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have surrendered to the military, authorities reported on Sunday, October 8.

The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) identified them as Beboy Flang Mek, Arjohn Dang Blagan, Osing Samandal Kuyan, and Robert Panday Balabagan, all members of the Myphone Platoon, Guerrilla Front (GF) 73.

They also turned over two M-16 Armalite and Ak-47 rifles when they surrendered last Friday, October 5, to the troops in the village of Titulok, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat.

The GF 73 led by a certain Ka Mommy, Ka Decay or Ka Wada operates mainly in the joint area of operations of the Eastern Mindanao Command, particularly in the towns of Banga, Surallah, Norala, Tantangan, T’boli, Sto. Nino, and Lake Sebu, all in South Cotabato, and in Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, all in Sarangani province.

Major General Arnel Dela Vega, Joint Task Force Central commander, said the group also operates to a lesser extent, in the jurisdiction of Wesmincom, particularly in the towns of Palimbang, Bagumbayan, Senator Ninoy Aquino, Isulan, Lambayong, and Tacurong City, all in Sultan Kudarat province.

Dela Vega said that a total of 45 members of the GF 73 have already surrendered and rejoined the mainstream society since January this year. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)