• 7 REDS SURRENDER TO PHILIPPINE ARMY

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine Army (PA) has announced that seven communist rebels have surrendered separately in the southern region of Mindanao where security forces are battling the New People’s Army (NPA). Army Capt. Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said the latest surrender of NPA rebels added to 200 more that yielded to them last year. Caber identified the surrenderees as Efren Genoya, who is an alleged leader of an NPA extortion unit; Ailyn Pandatu, Ena Pandatu, Bonjoe Ulaw, Dodok Quileste and two others known only by their first names, Bryan and Jason. He said many of those who surrendered had complained about the hardships in the mountains and the false promises made by NPA commanders. They said the government offer of amnesty and livelihood to rebels on top of various social programs lured them into the folds of the law.

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