NINE members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to government forces in the Mindanao region.
Capt. Alberto Caber, chief of Public Information Office of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), on Sunday said that of those who surrendered, six were from Brgy. Tasiman, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato province, while the three others were from Sitio Balagonon, Brgy. Managa, Bansalan, Davao del Norte province.
The first group of rebels were identified as Rudy Sawang, team leader of the farmer’s sector, John Tomo and Lemuel Nalon, both members of the farmer’s sector, Anita Dalugan, vice team leader of the women’s sector and Luna Kaong and Dinao Daluda of the women’s sector all of Brgy. Tasiman.
The second group was composed of Charlie Pasco alias Long Har, Jeffrey Pasco, Alias Balbal and Guiller Ombaoy alias Ritchen. They also brought along their service firearms, one M14 and two M16 rifles.
Caber said they all surrendered last Friday with the Peace Development Teams of 27th Infantry Batallion (IB) and to the elements of the 39th IB.
EastMinCom commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III claimed that the snowballing surrender of red fighters was the result of the full support of the people to the Armed Force of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
He commended the members of both the 27th and 39th IBs for a job well done.
“The dedication and discipline shown by the Peace and Development Teams in the areas to achieve peace enabled us to gain the trust and confidence of the community,” Cruz said.