Talacogon, Agusan del Sur – Six New People`s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered to the 26th Infantry Battalion today in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur bringing along with them their eleven (11) firearms.
Two (2) NPA members belonged to Guerilla Front 34 which operates in the hinterlands of Loreto, Agsur and Comval Province while four (4) NPA members belonged to Guerilla Front 88 that operates in the Municipalities of San Luis, La Paz and Talacogon, all of Agusan del Sur.
They surrendered 11 firearms of different calibers; two (2) garrand rifle (Springfield), one (1) UZI, one (1) shotgun, one (1) Ingram, one (1) caliber 45 pistol, three (3) caliber .38 revolver, one (1) caliber 357 and a hand grenade and several ammunitions.
The surrender of the 6 NPA rebels was brought about by the recent fierce gun battle between the NPA and government forces at KM 46, Brgy Binicalan, San Luis Agusan del sur last September 29 2017. Anxious for their life and security, the rebels decided to surrender and leave the revolutionary movement.
“The recent firefight was a major debacle to the NPAs Guerilla Front 88, it demoralized their ranks which led to the surrender of their members. We are certain that more of them (NPA) are confused and afraid for their lives. We have intensified our pursuit operations towards the fleeing rebels and we are calling upon them to surrender to the folds of the law for their self-preservation.” – Ltc Rommel Pagayon, Commanding Officer, 26th Infantry Battalion.
Meanwhile, the 6 former rebels are presented to Hon. Jesryl E Masendo, Mayor of Talacogon Agusan del Sur to be given immediate assistance by the LGU of Talacogon.
The former rebels are now undergoing processing for facilitation of benefits and financial assistance under the CLIP program of the government to start a new and peaceful life.
Col Andred Centino, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander, asserted that 6 rebels who surrendered are apparently experiencing hardships within their organization and are willing to availk the opportunities offered by the government. He further added that these (surrenders) are product of collaboration of efforts of the different stakeholders with a common purpose of attaining peace and further development for the communities.
For his part, MGen Ronald Villanueva, 4ID Commander also congratulated the six for finally heeding to the call for Peace and Unity. He also reiterated his message to the remaining NPAs who are still fighting a senseless armed struggle to do the same noble act that will benefit everyone especially their families.