NINE members of the New People’s Army operating in Cagayan Valley yesterday surrendered to security officials in Gonzaga, Cagayan after negotiations with intelligence officers, Police Regional Office 2 director Brig. Gen. Jose Mario Espino said.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde, Espino said that the nine members of the Milisyang Bayan based in Gonzaga municipality also turned over seven firearms composed of four long rifles and three handguns, one hand grenade, one rifle grenade and several live ammunition.
The nine surrenderers showed up, with their weapons, at the office of the PRO2 Regional Intelligence Division 2 in Camp Adduru in Tuguegarao City. They said they are long tired of living the hard life in the mountains and would like to return to the mainstream of the society.
The names of the nine—eight males and one female—were withheld for security reasons. They are now undergoing a debriefing at the PRO2 headquarters by officers from the RID, the Naval Intelligence Security Group, and the Regional Intelligence Unit 2.
Members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 2, the PRO2 Regional Mobile Force Battalion 2, the Army’s 5th Infantry Division, the Cagayan Police Provincial Office and the Military Intelligence Group 2 were also involved in the effort to convince the nine to surrender to the government.