Six New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have surrendered and turned over their firearms to authorities in Mulanay, Quezon, the military reported Saturday.
Citing security reasons, the surrenderees were identified by Capt. Jayrald Ternio, chief of the public affairs office of the 2nd Infantry Division (2ID), through their aliases “Edgar,” “Embit,” “Unyod” or ”Mandy,” “Randy,” “Margie,” and “RK” or ”Bigote.”
In a statement, Ternio said the former rebels voluntarily submitted themselves to elements of the 85th Infantry Battalion (85IB) in Barangay Cambuga last Thursday.
The surrenderees brought with them a carbine rifle, a caliber 38. bandolier, five magazines, and various ammunition.
Major Gen. Greg Almerol, commander of the 2nd ID, lauded the former rebels for “choosing the path of peace over violence.”
“I am calling for unity in ending this battle against terrorism amidst the horrors our nation is currently facing. Together, we can help build a better country without turning to armed struggle,” Almerol said.
He ordered his soldiers to provide necessary assistance to the former rebels while they undergo the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP enrollment process.
The enrollment process entails an assessment, profiling, and counseling of the surrenderees with personnel from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and health experts in preparation for their reintegration to the society.
The military expects that the former rebels will help the authorities in tracking the remaining members of the NPA and its front organizations in the province to eradicate, if not completely eliminate, the threat of insurgency in Southern Tagalog.
Since the implementation of E-CLIP in 2016, Ternio said that the 2nd ID has facilitated the surrender of 685 communist insurgents and 118 firearms as a result of continued localized peace negotiations across the region.