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6 NPA rebels surrender in South Cotabato

Six communists New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrender to government authorities Thursday, June 18, in Tupi, South Cotabato. A photo handout shows the six NPA surrenderers standing up on stage during the surrender ceremony in Lunen villahe in the town of Upi. (SunStar Zamboanga)

SIX New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have surrendered in the hinterlands of South Cotabato, military officials announced.

Major General Diosdado Carreon, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the NPA rebels surrendered Thursday, June 18, in Lunen village, Tupi, South Cotabato.

Carreon said the six surrendered after the conduct of lecture on Executive Order No. 70 and Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) facilitated by the joint military and police forces in the Kalkam and Lunen villages in Tupi municipality.

Carreon identified the NPA surrenderers as the following: Ariel Simpal alias Ka Hector; Ating Tayo alias Ka Lawin; Edgardo Mahusay alias Ka Greg; Ronnie Clus alias Ka Rey; Andoy Flang alias Ka Bruno; and, Baring Sakam alias Ka Sadam.

He said they turned over two homemade 12 gauge shot gun with five ammunition and two steel magazines; one homemade shotgun; one improvised M-79 Grenade Launcher; one caliber 38 revolver with six ammunition; and, one fragmentation grenade.

During the simple surrender ceremony, Mayor Romeo Tamayo has provided food packs to the NPA surrenderers.

The NPA surrenderers were brought to the Tupi municipal police station for profiling and validation for them to be able to avail of the E-CLIP and other programs of the government.

“The massive support we get from the communities inspire us to remain committed in ending terrorism and winning peace in Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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