TWENTY-FIVE members of the New People’s Army (NPA) on Monday surrendered to government forces in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division spokesman Capt. Eduardo Precioso Jr. said the former rebels yielded to the 79th Infantry Battalion and the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office in Sagay City.
The returnees also turned over their firearms.
Precioso said the former communists decided to return to the fold of the law due to the hardships they encountered in the mountains while evading the pursuing police and military.
PA 3rd ID commander Maj. Gene. Dinoh Dolina said the surrender of the 25 NPA members was a big loss to the communist group.
“It will create drastic demoralization among the remaining members of the communist terrorist group and will certainly encourage them to also surrender,” Dolina said.
The official called on the other NPA members to give up and live with their families and loved ones.
He said those who surrendered will automatically receive assistance from the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
“Come down and avail of the E-CLIP for you to start a new and peaceful life,” Dolina said.