• Four Bukidnon rebels give up arms for peace

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    FOUR members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon voluntarily surrendered to the military.

    Lt. Col. Leo Bongosia, spokeman, Fourth Infantry Division, on Tuesday said that the rebels also turned over their firearms to elements of the 403rd Infantry Brigade in Impalambong, Malaybalay City.

    Surrendered were one M16 5.56 milimeter (mm) rifle; one 40mm grenade launcher; one M1 Carbine, five 40mm grenade launcher rounds, three magazine for M16 rifle, two magazines for M1 Carbine, and 100 assorted live ammunitions.

    “Weary and tired in the mountains, lack of proper food for subsistence, loss of interest and conviction about the revolutionary cause prompted the four to come down,” Bongosia said.

    Bongosia said the former NPAs were currently undergoing custodial debriefing while their papers and other documents for financial assistance are being processed.

    Under the Armed Forces of the Philippines “Guns for Peace” program, an estimated P110,000 will be provided to the rebels as soon as their documents and requirements are completed.

    Bongosia said the rebels’ names were withheld pending completion of their custodial debriefing.

    William B. Depasupil

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