THREE New People's Army (NPA) members yielded their guns and surrendered to the government troops in separate military operations in Misamis Oriental and Agusan del Norte on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
The rebels who voluntarily surrendered were identified as Jhony Omandam Gapol alias Regor and Emerita Aporbo Lor alias Ging-ging/Ethyl/Dora, both members of Regional Office Command of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC); and Randy Malinao Butao alias Yang/Dodong member of Guerilla Front 21 of NEMRC.
The military reported that Gapol and Lor surrendered to the Army's 58th Infantry Battalion in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental; while Butao surrendered to the 23rd Infantry Battalion in Agusan del Norte.
The three rebels yielded an M14 rifle, an Ingram Pistol Cal. 9mm, two M16 rifles, and an AK47 rifle.
According to the rebels, the reason they surrendered to the military troops was due to organizational collapse and leadership crises after the death of their top leader Dionesio "Muling" Micabalo, the Regional Secretary of NCMRC.
They said their decision to surrender was also influenced by the hardships they experienced due to the relentless military operation of the government troops.
The now former rebels are currently under the custody of the 23IB and 58IB for proper documentation and debriefing.
They will also be subjected to a needs assessment survey for their possible assistance and enrollment to the Enhance Local Integration Program (E-Clip) concerning local government units.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Adonis Ariel Orio, commander of the 402nd Infantry Brigade, said the threats within their area of responsibilities are decreasing.
"We are overwhelmed that these CTGs were reduced with only less than squad size remaining members. These victories are highly attributed to the Whole of the Nation Approach as exemplified by our strong collaborations with the stakeholders and other government forces in putting an end to insurgency in Agusan del Norte and Misamis Oriental," Orio said.
The 402IB commander also urged the rebels to surrender peacefully and create a new life in the folds of the government.
"You have your option, it is either you surrender peacefully and enjoy the freedom in this country or you will continue with your hardships and struggles by committing terrorism and violent extremism until your last breath," Orio said.
"Again, the Stingers Troopers will continue intensifying military operations to achieve its mandated tasks to defeat the threats, secure the people, and let the peace prevail," he added.