By Joseph Jubelag
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A pregnant New People’s Army (NPA) amazon has persuaded her husband, who was also a Communist rebel, to yield and live a peaceful life for the sake of their family.
Lennie Jean Ordobis, 29, was able to convince her husband, a certain Lala, to surrender to the 73rd Infantry Battalion in Alabel Sarangani so that they could be with their baby and other relatives.
Ordobis, an NPA medic, together with a comrade, Peter Mongkel, 29, had earlier surrendered to the same Army battalion.
The NPA surrenderers are former members of the NPA-Guerilla Front Tala operating in the provinces of Sarangani and Davao Ocidental.
Mongkel said they opted to surrender because they were always on the run in the mountain to evade from the pursuing government forces.
“We can no longer endure the hardship and psychological pressure we experienced while holding up in the mountain for months,” he said.
Ordobis said they thanked the 73rd IB personnel under Lt.Col. Ronaldo Valdez for facilitating their surrender and helping them return to the folds of the law.
She lauded the local government of Alabel for enlisting them into the Comprehensive Local Integration Program so that they will be provided with livelihood assistance.
“I can now visit an OB-GYN doctor to check on my seven-month old pregnancy,” Ordobis said.
Valdez surged other Communist rebels in the provinces of Sarangani and Davao Occidental to lay down their arms and avail the peace and reconciliation initiatives of the local government amid the suspension of peace talks between the national government and the Communist Party of the Philippines.