4 more NPA men surrender in Davao

FOUR members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered last week to government troops in Davao Region.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) public information officer Alberto Caber identified the surrenderees only in their aliases: Luther, 20; Tres, 30; Pilot, 45; and Dodong, 23, all from the NPA's Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).

Captain Caber said Luther, Tres and Pilot first surrendered to Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division's Civil Military Operations Battalion (CMOBN) at the JBL Complex in Talaingod town in Davao del Norte at around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

He added three are now undergoing interview at the headquarters of the Army's 1003rd Infantry Brigade in Barangay New Visayas in Sto. Tomas town, Davao del Norte.

Caber said that concerned tribal leaders Datu Samsun Mansaganay from Barangay Sto. Niño, and Datu Antonio Anlas from Barangay Dagohoy helped the surrenderees for their safe return to the folds of the law.

"According to the tribal leaders, they were approached by the relatives of the rebel returnees requesting them to help Luther, Tres and Pilot to return to the folds of the law," Caber said.

Meanwhile, Dodong surrendered to the soldiers of the 71st Infantry Battalion in Barangay Cadunan in Mabini town in Compostela Valley province Thursday afternoon. He was accompanied by his father and Cadunan barangay councilor.

Caber said the rebel returnees will receive livelihood and appropriate training assistance through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the local government unit in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley for the start.

Eastmincom reported 206 NPA members who returned to the folds of the law under its areas of responsibility since January this year.

Record showed that 74 percent of the NPA strength in Eastern Mindanao are indigenous peoples or lumads. This was based on the revelations of NPA returnees, Caber said. (ICT)

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