CAMP DIEGO SILANG, La Union – A six-month pregnant rebel surrendered to authorities in this province.
Seventh Infantry Division (7th ID) Civil Military Operations (CMO) Commanding Officer Maj. Rogelio Dumbrigue said he had to negotiate with a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-New People’s Army (NPA) just to let Sherry Ibao come down the mountain and surrender because of her condition.
Ibao, who was also known as Jerry and Laila, was a fresh graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila, and a member of militant group Anakbayan before she was taken in by the NPA for a tour-of-duty in the Ilocos Region in 2015.
According to Dumbrigue, he had to “beg” with the one of the personal assistants of a CPP-NPA leader in the region to allow Ibao and a few other comrades to just surrender to the government.
She surrendered to the government on Wednesday, January 27, in this camp.
Meanwhile Dumbrigue also disclosed that government forces are hunting down a former pastor of a religious sect in La Union, who is now a leader of the Guerilla Field Movement (KLG) of the NPA.
He identified the wanted person as Abelyn Bonoan, alias Lunay, and a native of Bacnotan, La Union, who has a P2-million bounty on his head, which was reportedly wagered by President Duterte, himself. There was also a cash reward for his capture that was set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Dumbrigue said government forces were also on the lookout for another wanted NPA rebel, Eddie Manuel Marcilla, also known as Jack.