PHILIPPINE National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) director, Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve, yesterday announced the surrender of five New People’s Army rebels in Mindanao following talks with his men on Wednesday.
The official said the five yielded after getting tired of the hard life in the mountains and for fear of military and police offensives. Monsalve said that he has ordered all 17 PNP-IG regional units to see to it that they will be able to convince rebels to yield to the government as part of their role in the ongoing campaign to end the decades-old insurgency problem in the country.
In a report to PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, the PNP-IG director said that two of the NPA members identified as Jonie Indong alias’ Ka Jepoy’ and Wilma Dalimbang alias’ Ka Lalet’ yielded to officials of the Sultan Kudarat Police Provincial Office, the Police Regional Office 12 and the Army following negotiations with officers from the Regional Intelligence Unit 12.
Indong also turned over two caliber .45 pistols to authorities during his surrender.
Monsalve said that the two are known members of the NPA’s Cherry Mobile Group under the CPP/NPA Far South Mindanao Region operating in Sultan Kudarat. In particular, Dalimbang was described as an NPA medic.
The two were welcomed by security officials during ceremonies in Sitio Tinipakan in Bgy. Clara, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.
The PNP-IG director also reported the surrender of NPA members Saolito Samflon alias ‘Ka Barbi/Bar,’ Mandy Wali alias ‘Ka Sipe/Sip’ and Bambam Fada alias ‘Ka Bambam’ in Lake, Sebu, South Cotabato following talks with RIU12 officers.
All three were identified as members of the NPA Guerrilla Front 73 under the same CPP/NPA Far South Mindanao Region and are based in Sitio Kalombong in Bgy. Lamfugon, Lake Sebu.
According to Monsalve, the three surrendered one cal. .22 rifle fitted with a telescope, one cal. .45 pistol, one 12-gauge shotgun and several live ammunition during their surrender.
All five are now under the custody of the RIU12, said the official. He added that the five will avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP of the government aimed at enabling ex-rebels to return to the mainstream of the society and provide a living for their families.