3 rebels in Pampanga surrender

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Three alleged members of the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB) yielded their firearms and surrendered to Governor Lilia "Nanay" Pineda on Monday through the initiative of Sta. Ana Mayor Norberto "Ka Ross" Gamboa, a former rebel commander.

The three rebels were comrades of the 44 rebel who surrendered last July 18.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, recognized Gamboa's efforts in helping the peace and order program of the police and the Provincial Government.

Colonel Filemon Santos of the 703rd Infantry Brigade said the surrender "is a step closer in achieving peace in Pampanga."

"I am very happy because of the cooperation of Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the local government," Santos said.

He also noted that there are no armed encounters between the rebels and the Armed Forces of the Philippines since the start of Governor Pineda's administration.

Governor Pineda stressed that the surrenderees will be under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program where they will be given assistance as they go back to mainstream society. (Philip Ocampo/Pampanga PIO)
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