A COUPLE who claimed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 14th Infantry Battalion (IB) in Mahaplag, Leyte recently.

Authorities said the couple was alleged former members of the defunct rebel command in Southern Leyte and Leyte.

However, the real names of the couple were withheld for security reasons.

“They were together in an NPA unit operating in Baybay City, and the municipalities of Inopacan, Mahaplag, Hindang and Hilongos between 2000 and 2002, before they were moved to Metro Manila in March 2002,” the Army said in a statement.

During their surrender, the former NPA members also turned in a caliber .38 revolver with a quick ammunition reloader and 13 pieces of live ammunition, two pieces of 5.56mm ammunition, two sets of acupuncture needles, and other propaganda material.

“The peaceful surrender was a fruit of the effort of the lady’s son who is himself a former rebel that yielded earlier to 14IB as well,” the Army said.

Poverty-stricken Eastern Visayas has remained as one of the NPA strongholds in the country. (SunStar Philippines)