SIX New People's Army (NPA) rebels surrendered to the 29th Infantry Battalion (29IB) in Barangay Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte on Monday, September 11, 2023.

The military identified the NPA surrenderers as Vicente Tello Moldez alias Reb-reb, team leader of Edukasyon Propaganda and resident of Barangay San Roque, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur; John Paul Mandag Salahay alias Lawin, member of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda 21C, Weakened Guerilla Front 21, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NMRC); Wawie Mandag Salahay alias Sorating, team leader of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda 21A, Weakened Guerilla Front 21, NMRC; Caryl Alvarez alias Angel, Erwin Sandag Enriques alias JR, and Angelo Sales alias Sky/Carlo/Third, a member of Regional Sentro de Grabedad, NMRC.

The abovementioned rebels also surrendered one AK47 rifle, two AR15 rifles, one M4 Carbine rifle, and one M14 rifle with six live rounds.

According to Moldez, they surrendered after they saw how the soldiers took good care of their fellow surrenderers and how they treated those who came from the CTG.

“Anaa pud sa ilaha ang maayong pagtagad busa wala kitay angayang kahadlukan gumikan kay sila mayo nga sundalo sa katawhan,” Moldez said.

“Ako pud nanawagan sa tanang nagpabiling myembro nga dili ta magsayang sa atong kinabuhi ug atoang ibalik atong kaugalingon sa sabakan sa gobyerno,” he added.

Lieutenant Colonel Cresencio Gargar, commanding officer of 29IB, assured the six NPA surrenderers will be assisted and guided to properly return to the normal life.

The 29IB commander also reiterated his call to the remaining members of the rebel groups to lay down their arms.

"The time is at its peak to lay down their arms as our door is always open for those who wanted to start a new life and be with their family now that Christmas is fast approaching," Gargar said.