ZAMBOANGA CITY: An alleged communist rebel leader has surrendered to the military after his family convinced him to abandon his struggle and live peacefully again together with them in Mindanao.
Geneng Ambas, alias Chong, surrendered to the 72nd Infantry Battalion in the village of Linao in Davao del Norte’s San Isidro town, according to Capt. Alberto Caber, a spokesperson for the Eastern Mindanao Command.
Caber claimed that Ambas was a political officer of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, and involved in its operations in the province.
“He is the brain of the NPA’s illegal activities in the municipalities of Davao del Norte. The surrender of Ambas was arranged by his relatives and village officials,” Caber told The Manila Times.
Caber also claimed that around 230 rebels have surrendered in eastern Mindanao since 2013 and availed of the government’s amnesty program.
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz 3rd, division commander, said the support of the communities to the military’s campaign and the government’s amnesty program have largely helped in convincing rebels to surrender peacefully.
“The huge number of rebels who are peacefully surrendering to the government is concrete evidence that the spirit of Bayanihan among us is alive,” Cruz said, referring to the government’s anti-insurgency program, Operation Plan Bayanihan.
The NPA has been waging a decades-long protracted armed struggle for the establishment of a Maoist state.