TWO members of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) yesterday surrendered to government forces and revealed their arms cache in Surigao del Sur.
This was confirmed yesterday by Captain Edwin Leo J. Francisco, spokesman of Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division ( ID) Francisco identified those who surrendered as alias Ayek and alias Billen of Weakened Guerilla Front 14, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (WGF14, NEMRC).
The two rebels yielded at the Headquarters of 75th Infantry Battalion ( IB) on Sunday.
Ayek and Billen also turned over some war materials including one garand rifle with eight magazine and 20 rounds live n5.56 mm ammunition and one caliber .45 pistol with magazine.
Francisco said alias Ayek also revealed to the troops the location of the otheir arms cache.
Elements of 75IB immediately conducted special operation. They recovered one 81mm mortar, bi-pad and improvised base plate, three improvised shotguns with three improvised magazines and 12 live ammunition, one ICOM radio and three ICOM batteries, one detonating switch, one combat pack, assorted medicines and subversive documents.
The rebels said they surrendered to be with their families.
Accordingly, the intensified intelligence and focus military operations and the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 which is the Whole-Of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in attaining sustainable peace and development through the Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support prompted the rebels to surrender.
These programs also enticed the rebels to surrender and lead to the eventual dismantling of WGF14, NEMRC.
Lt. Col. Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB welcomed the rebels.
“To the remaining Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs), come home now and surrender. There is always a chance and to live our life to the fullest. Your family is waiting for you. Let’s help each other with sincerity and love towards the attainment of peace and development in our country.” Munda said.