CITY OF KALIPAN – Two members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to the Philippine army in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, on Wednesday.
May. Roderick Depolonia, civilian military operative of the 203rd Brigade of the Army, 2nd Infantry Division, said in a statement that NPA members "volunteered to surrender with M16 rifles".
It also led the surrender of four more powerful firearms at Barangay in the village of Batongbuhay in the same city.
Commander of the Lt. Col. Mario Lito Retirva, commander of the 76th Infantry Battalion, confirmed that members of the Water Council, who worked in the northern regions of Occidental Mindoro, had been surrendered, but refused to disclose their names for security reasons.
Both traditions claimed that they had been active in the NPA over the last three years.
On October 28, the leader of NPA from the same group handed over 76th IB with his M14 rifle. They also pointed out 5 M16 rifles.
Two passers-by have already asked for an enhanced comprehensive program of local integration, which provides financial assistance and livelihoods for former Communist rebels who have returned to the law. / je
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