TWO New People’s Army rebels surrendered to officers of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group in Zambales province after a series of negotiations, PNP-IG director Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve announced yesterday.
Monsalve said the rebels -- a male and a female whose names were withheld for security reasons -- turned themselves in to the Zambales Police Provincial Office following talks with officers from the Regional Intelligence Unit 3 headed by Col. Nestor Babagay.
In a report to PNP chief General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said the two also surrendered a .22 rifle and a rifle grenade and decided to avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program by the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Monsalve said Zambales police director Col. Rogelio Penones presented the two to Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., who gave each 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.