NPA rebel yields in Isabela

TIRED of the hard life in the mountains and terribly missing his family, a  young member of the New People’s Army in Isabela on Friday evening surrendered to local police authorities and turned over his caliber .45 pistol, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Jose Mario M. Espino announced yesterday.

Confessed NPA rebel Junio Sagucio alias ‘Ka Jay-Jay,’ a 19-year old resident of Madella, Quirino province yielded to officers of the PRO2 Regional Mobile Battalion’s 205th Mobile Company in Barangay Macalauat, Angadanan, Isabela at around 6:30 p.m., the Cagayan Valley police director said.

Espino said that prior to the surrender of the confessed NPA guerrilla, the latter aired to a friend his intention to give up to the local police. In turn, his friend contacted the head of the 205th Mobile Company, Captain Dolriech Patnaan who initiated the surrender proper at the boundary of San Agustin, Isabela and Maddela, Quirino province.

A background check showed that Sagucio is a member of the NPA’s Platoon Uno/Squad Uno operating in Jones, Isabela whose members are known for staging surprise attacks on government troops apart from engaging in other lawless activities in the area.

The official said that the suspect confessed to have joined the underground revolutionary movement in April 2016 after being recruited by one ‘Arki’ and a certain’ Dindo’ and eventually participated in different  NPA atrocities in various municipalities of Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Viscaya.

They included attacks on members of the Police Public Safety Company in Bgy. Diduyon in Maddela town in 2017 which injured some policemen; an ambush on Army soldiers in Bgy. Nagtipunan in Quirino in 2017; and an attack at the Maddela Municipal Police Station in 2017 wherein around 50 heavily-armed NPA gunmen on board two commandeered trucks tried  but failed to assault the police facility  in order to steal weapons and other properties after officers on duty fired at them.

The PRO2 director said that they are likewise investigating a statement by Sagucio that a ‘very influential politician’ and some prominent businessmen in Quirino province are providing the local NPA movement with financial and logistical support.

Espino said that Sagucio also surrendered a cal. .45 Para-Ordnance semi-automatic pistol with a magazine containing seven live ammunition as well as some suspected NPA documents to the police.

“He is now under police custody and undergoing custodial debriefing,” the official said.

Espino said that the ex-rebel will be given the opportunity to avail of the government’s E-CLIP program which provides a package of benefits to NPA rebels who have decided to return to the mainstream of the society after years of enduring the hard life in their jungle hideouts.