TWO New People’s Army rebels surrendered to officers of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group in Zambales province after a series of negotiations last Thursday, PNP-IG director, Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve announced yesterday.
The NPA members—a male and a female— whose names were withheld for security reasons turned themselves over to the Zambales Police Provincial Office following talks with officers from the Regional Intelligence Unit 3 headed by Colonel Nestor Babagay, the PNP-IG director said.
In a report to PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said the two also turned over a caliber .22 rifle and a rifle grenade to authorities after deciding to avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program.
Monsalve said Zambales police director, Col. Rogelio Penones, presented the two to Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. who gave each of the two P10,000 as initial financial assistance. The governor also gave P10,000 to another rebel who helped convince the two to surrender to the RIU3 in coordination with the Police Regional Office 3 Regional Intelligence Division.
The PNP-IG director said the two were former members of an armed NPA platoon operating in the provinces of Zambales and Bataan who decided to return to the mainstream of society and avail of livelihood package and other benefits under the E-Clip program of the Department of Interior and Local Government.