FIVE alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered with some of their firearms and ammunitions to authorities in Eastern Visayas, a police official said on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
Brigadier General Ronaldo De Jesus, director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Eastern Visayas, said the surrender was jointly facilitated by the 1st and 2nd Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company and the Provincial Intelligence Unit of Samar Police Provincial Office.
The former rebels were identified only as alias “Bening,” “Bebot,” “Jinky,” “Nora” and “Narcing,” who were operating in Catbalogan City.
“The return of these rebels to the folds of law is a promising development for this year. As they pledge loyalty to the government, the police force in the region also guarantees to give necessary assistance so they could start living in genuine peace again,” said De Jesus.
The former rebels also turned over a caliber .45 pistol with one magazine loaded with three live ammunitions; M1 Garand rifle with one magazine clip loaded with eight live ammunitions for caliber 7.62mm and eight live extra ammunition for the same caliber; and a carbine rifle with one magazine loaded with 12 live ammunitions.
In a statement, De Jesus confirmed that cash assistance was also given to the five surrenderees.
Eastern Visayas remained a hotbed of insurgency with the continued presence of the NPA, who has been waging a Maoist-inspired guerrilla war since the late 1960s. (SunStar Philippines)