FIVE New People’s Army rebels – three operating in South Cotabato and two belonging to the CPP-NPA-KLG Sierra Madre Front in the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora — surrendered to police authorities last Monday.
The three were identified as Montos Molon alias Ka Tiger, Mainon Samfla on alias Ka Jepoy/Michael and Jim Linol alias Ka James.
Molon was identified as a member of the NPA’s Guerilla Front Musa Centra under the rebels’ Field Southern Mindanao region and whose name is included in the target list of the government prior to his surrender.
Police Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus, said Molon was also identified as a former squad leader and political officer of the NPA’s Platoon Samsung which operated in the same area.
Samflon and Linol also belong to the same NPA group, said Corpus.
Over in Nueva Ecija, police provincial chief Col. Leon Victor Rosete, said the two NPA surrenderees identified as alias Kevin, 22, and alias Sam, 20, voluntarily gave themselves up to authorities without their firearms at Sitio Dupinga, Bgy Malinao, at 8:30 a.m.
Rosete said combined members of the NEPPO-Provincial Intelligence Branch and the First Provincial Mobile Force Company and the Army’s 91st IB and 69th IB helped facilitate the surrender of the two rebels.
He said the duo are now under the custody of the 1st PMFC for documentation and tactical debriefing.
In South Cotabato, Corpus said, the three turned themselves over to members of the PRO12 Regional Intelligence Division, the South Cotabato Police Provincial office, Banga Municipal Police Station, the Regional Intelligence Unit 12 under the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group headed by Brig. Gen. Edgar S. Monsalve and the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Abenezer, Barangay Rang-ay in Banga, South Cotabato at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The PRO12 RID and the PNP RIU12 have been closely partnering to convince more NPA members in the region to yield and avail of all government programs to enable them to return to the mainstream of society.
The three likewise surrendered a caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing six live ammunition, a home-made M-16 automatic rifle with a short magazine with 10 bullets, a Llama cal. .22 pistol and a hand grenade to authorities.
All three are now undergoing a debriefing at the RIU12 office in Camp Fermin G. Lira in General Santos City, a requirement before they can avail of the Department of Interior and Local Government’s E-CLIP program, said Monsalve.
With By Steve A. Gosuico