Tired of a life on the run, NPA rebel from Sorsogon yields after 10 years in Cordillera

A NEW People’s Army rebel got tired of dodging soldiers in the Cordillera and surrendered to the government last month in Benguet for a better life.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A member of the Kilusang Makabayan under the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to the government last July 18 after more than 10 years of being on the run in the mountains of Cordillera.

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.