FIVE alleged New People’s Army (NPA) surrenderees from Bukidnon receive cash assistance at Headquarters, 403rd Infantry Brigade, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

The surrenderees in the province of Abra received P10,000 each as cash assistance from the Provincial Government of Bukidnon.

The military identified the surrenderees as Marco, 18 years old and from Barangay Cabanglasan, Malaybalay; Alias Jomar who is 17 years old and from Barangay Namnam, San Fernando; and Alias Gerald who is 17 years old; Alias Macoy, 18 years old; and Alias Deboni, 19 years old are all from Barangay Cawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon.

They surrendered to 24th Infantry Battalion under the Army’s Seventh Infantry Division based in Barangay Tagodtod, Lagangilang, Abra Province last July 5.

“When we found out that there were NPA surrenderees in Abra that are from Bukidnon, we immediately took effort to find their families and coordinated for their safe trip back here in Bukidnon,” 403rd Brigade Commander Brigadier General Eric Vinoya said.

Major General Ronald Villanueva, commander of Army’s Fourth Infantry Division (4ID) said transferring rebels to other areas was the usual scheme “to reinforce their dwindling forces.”

“The Fourth Infantry Division with the whole Philippine Army is willing to help NPA terrorists who want to go back to the folds of the law and live a normal life with their families. We will assist you in your enrolment to E-CLIP and your reintegration to the society,” Villanueva said.