FOURTEEN members of the New People’s Army operating in Cagayan province on Sunday surrendered to police and military authorities in Sto. Niño municipality, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Angelito A. Casimiro said yesterday.
The 14 were identified as Mario Carungi, Luis Lazaro, Victor Mariano, Minda Rabago, Linda Tapaoan, Efren Carungi, Jun Matote, Catalino Lijero, Jerry Pascual, Veronica de la Iglesia, Susana Flora, Joaquin Barruga, Felipe Lijero and Ramon Aquino, all residents of Barangays Balanni and Lipatan in Sto. Niño municipality.
According to Casimiro, the 14 voluntarily presented themselves to officials of the Cagayan Police Provincial Office, the Army’s 502nd Brigade, Regional Intelligence Unit 2, Criminal Investigation and Detection Gorup, Military Intelligence Group 2 and the Marine Battalion Landing Team 10.
Cagayan police director, Colonel Ariel Quilang, said that with the help of local barangay officials, the 14 yielded to avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration or E-CLIP program.
The 14 also surrendered several rebel books and leaflets they were using in their recruitment activities.
Casimiro said that the 14 are now undergoing questioning prior to the processing of their surrender papers. “We offer integration programs to those who wish to surrender. We will protect your families and provide you with economic opportunities,” the Cagayan Valley director said.