3 NPA rebels surrender in Kalinga

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Three New People’s Army rebels will be home this Christmas with their families after they surrendered to the government here on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Brig. Gen. Mafelino Bazar, Police Regional Office-Cordillera chief, said that the surrenderers, “Ka Landing” and “Ka Joker,” denounced the communist movement and pledged allegiance to the State.

They turned over a homemade shotgun long barrel with one 12-gauge ammunition, one caliber .22 magnum, a Smith and Wesson with four ammunition, and one caliber .30 US carbine with one magazine and two bullets.

Bazar said the surrender of the communist guerillas was attained through “Oplan: Montañosa” of the Kalinga PPO in line with the PNP peace and security framework Kasimbayanan (Kapulisan, Simbahan, at Pamayanan).

"The Kalinga PPO, together with the Provincial and Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (P/MTF-ELCAC), will continue this whole-of-sector approach against other communist members in the province to achieve peace and unity. We will provide security for them and see to it that they will not be isolated in terms of the programs of the government for the surrenderers," said Col. Charles Domallig, Kalinga police chief.