Monday, August 02, 2021

Ranking NPA leader yields in Lanao del Sur

ZAMBOANGA. A ranking leader of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) identified as Ka Nets (right) surrenders Thursday, June 17, to military authorities in Lanao del Sur. A photo handout shows Nets handing over a caliber .45 pistol to Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Payapaya, 51st Infantry Battalion commander (left) during his surrender. (SunStar Zamboanga)

A RANKING leader of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to military authorities in the province of Lanao del Sur, the military reported Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), identified the NPA surrenderer as alias Ka Nets, who is also known as Ka Marc, 33, a resident of Nuevo Trabajo village, Agusan del Sur.

Vinluan said Nets surrendered around 5 p.m. Thursday to the troops of the 51st Infantry Battalion in Dliausan village, Madalum, Lanao del Sur.

Vinluan said Nets was the commander of the Special Partisan Unit and concurrent leader of Squad A of the Main Regional Guerilla Unit of the NPA’s Northern Mindanao Regional Party Committee (NMRPC).

He said Nets handed over one caliber .45 pistol with magazine and eight ammunitions.

Brigadier General Jose Maria Cuerpo II, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, said that Nets joined the NPA and became a member of Platoon 1, Front Committee-88 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Operations Command on October 18, 2012.

Cuerpo said that Nets was tasked to augment with the Sub-Regional Command 5 of the NPA in October 2020 to conduct liquidation missions.

In February 2021, Nets went on a lie low and hid at the house of Maricel Timbangan, councilor of Rogongon village, Iligan City prior to his initial negotiation to surrender with intelligence operatives in the same month.

Nets surrendered through the efforts of the 51IB and 55IB, Cuerpo said.

Nets was placed under the custody of 51IB for custodial debriefing. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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