SIXTY-SIX New People’s Army (NPA) personalities in Aurora and Isabela have surrendered to the government following talks with officers of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) this week, PNP chief, General Debold M. Sinas announced yesterday.
Sinas said the NPA personalities and active supporters admitted they have grown tired of the hard life in the mountains and want to return to the mainstream of the society with their families.
PNP-IG director, Brigadier Gen. Warren F. de Leon said officers from the Regional Intelligence Unit 3, together with the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Regional Intelligence Division, the Aurora Police Provincial Office and the Philippine Army launched the mission to convince 36 of the rebels in Aurora to yield to the government last month.
De Leon said they also got full support from two former NPA leaders in the province who encouraged their former comrades-in-arms to yield to authorities and avail of the government’s comprehensive livelihood package for returning rebels under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
The 36, six of them included in the ‘order of battle’ of the PNP and the Armed Forces were placed under the custody of the RIU3 following their surrender in Barangay Cozo in Casiguran municipality.
De Leon said the 36 include at least four NPA platoon and squad leaders in Aurora as well as members of the rebel’s Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda and the local Milisya ng Bayan.
In Isabela province, 30 members of the NPA-linked Tmpuyog Daguiti Maririgat A Residente Ti Villa Corazon surrendered to officials of the Police Regional Office 2 under Brig. Gen. Crizaldo O. Nieves following talks with officers fom the Isabela Provincial Intelligence Unit and the Santiago Counter-Intelligence Team Wednesdday.
De Leon said that the 30, four of them in their mid-70s already admitted they were recruited by one ‘Ka Karen/Ras’ to join their group which is affiliated with the Anakpawis party-list.
The 30 said they were merely ‘deceived’ by their recruiters to join anti-government rallies in Isabela with the promise they will be able to legally stay on a disputed land in the province.Publication Source : People's Tonight