Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas formally accepted the 30-year-old surrenderer from Barcelona, Sorsogon when Police Col. Reynaldo Pasiwen, Benguet police provincial director, presented him Tuesday, August 2, at the provincial capitol here, to be given government financial assistance.
According to Pasiwen, the surrenderer, alias "Agape" and "Aklay," is a member of Kilusang Makabayan-Mandaluyong Chapter and was recruited by militant youth group Anakbayan at the age of 20 and became the chairman of Kilusang Makabayan.
He joined the NPA in 2013 and was deployed to Mountain Province until 2020.
He became a supply officer under the Leonardo Pacsi Command of the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Command operating in the areas of Barangay Gueday, Dandanak, and Mainit in Besao and Sagada, Mountain Province and nearby areas.
He yielded his gun, a homemade M14 rifle with one magazine and five bullets.
His voluntary surrender was the result of the diligence of the Benguet police in conducting intelligence driven operations related to the implementation of the "Dumanon Makitongtong" program.
He will be given financial assistance under the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) after the necessary documents are processed.