TWO regular members of the New People’s Army have surrendered to police authorities in San Mariano, Isabela last Saturday saying they were long tired of the NPA’s hard life in their mountain hideouts, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Jose Mario M. Espino announced yesterday.
The rebels include Joey Ramos, a team leader of the NPA’s Platoon Uno operating under the rebel’s Reynaldo Piñon Command. The other is a female who happened to be a 30-year old medical officer of the same guerrilla unit.
Espino, in a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde said the two yielded to members of the Isabela Police Provincial Office and the Army’s 95th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Minanga in San Mariano municipality following weeks of negotiation.
The official said the male suspect has an existing warrant of arrest for arson, murder robbery, multiple attempted murder and direct assault issued by different regional trial courts in Isabela province in 2013, 2017, 2018 and this year.
The two were turned over to the Isabela police for documentation and further disposition.
Espino urged other NPA members in the region to lay down their arms and surrender to the government in order to avail of the E-CLIP program of the Department of Interior and Local Government which provides livelihood opportunities to the surrenderers in order for them to return to the mainstream of the society while under government protection.