BUTUAN CITY – The dwindling support of their leaders that led to severe hunger has forced 16 more communist-New People’s Army (NPA) rebels from various parts in Agusan del Norte province and Cabadbaran City to go back to the folds of the government, a police report said on Sunday afternoon.
“The lack of empathy and support from the leftist movement has led these former rebels to abandon their ill-fated revolution, and the community relations approach by our law enforcers has enlightened them to return to the fold of government to live a peaceful and productive life,” claimed Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) Regional Director P/Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat, Jr.
The former NPA rebels came from municipality of Nasipit, four of them from Remedios T. Romualdez, two from Las Nieves and the rest from the municipalities of Carmen, Santiago, Kitcharao, Jabonga and Cabadbaran City.
Some of the 16 returning rebels were members of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) Guerilla Front (GF) 21-C of the CPP-NPA North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
They served as former Team Leader of GF C-88 NEMRC. Others were former Militia ng Bayan Member under GF16A, GF16, NEMRC, and SYP Kingdom, GF 4-A of the CPP-NPA North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), Squad medic, of Squad 3 of SYP Kingdom GF 4-A, MGF 4-A Purchaser, Militia ng Bayan (MB) member ‘NPA sa Barrio’ (Tigpaniktik/Supply Courier) under GF 16-A, NEMRC.
A former MB surrendered a 12-gauge shotgun with live ammunition.
“They are tired of running, sleepless nights and hunger. These led more to come down and more are sending feelers to go back to the fold of the law and avail the government’s peace and development program,” also claimed PRO 13 Regional Information Officer Maj. Dorothy M. Tumulak.
As of press time, authorities are now working hand in hand with them (former rebels) to avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits.