FOURTEEN New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and 105 supporters have surrendered Friday, November 9, and condemned the NPA in a rally in Zamboanga del Sur province, officials said.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Obena, Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion commander, said the group of NPA rebels and supporters surrendered Friday in Bayog town and turned over 127 firearms. They later joined a peace rally held at the market site of this town.
The rally was initiated by the municipal government, civic society organizations and non-government organizations. It was followed by an oath of allegiance to the government by the NPA surrenderers and supporters.
Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, commander of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the peace rally by the surrenderers is an evidence of mistrust and frustration to the NPA that hinders peace and progress in their community.
Gaerlan said they will continuously collaborate with the concerned stakeholders to enroll the NPA surrenderees to the government’s Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-clip).
Major General Roseller Murillo, Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, commended the efforts of Obena, Gaerlan, police and the stakeholders who facilitated the surrender of the NPA rebels and the holding of the peace rally. (SunStar Philippines)