3 NPA rebels yield in Aurora

SAN LUIS, Aurora -- Three ranking members of the New People's Army rebel group operating in the provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija surrendered with their firearms here on Saturday.

Lt. Col. Alexander C. Aurelio, commander of the Nueva Ecija 1ST provincial mobile force company said the three active communist rebels gave themselves up to police and military authorities carrying with them their M-16 rifles at Sitio Baliwak, Bgy. San Isidro, San Luis here at 9 a.m.

The three rebel surrenderees were described as platoon leaders of the group's Kilusang Larangang Gerilya-Sierra Madre.

Their return to the government's fold was jointly facilitated by the police and military in Aurora and Nueva Ecija led by the 703rd Brigade, the Intel Platoon of the 91ST Infantry Battalion, the 71st MICO, the 1st PMFC, NEPPO, and the 303RD MC-RMFB3.

In going down the mountains, Aurelio said the three rebels wanted to lead a normal life and avail of the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program in line with the programs of the National Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Aurelio said the three returnees are now under the custody of the military at the 91ST IB for proper documentation and custodial debriefing.