CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet: A member of the New Peoples Army (NPA) based in Ifugao province has reportedly returned to his family after almost three decades in the armed rebellion. The rebel, whose name was withheld upon his request, gave up Thursday afternoon with the help of a villagemate in Lamut town. Cordillera police spokesperson Supt. Cherry Fajardo said the surrenderee, who is in his 40’s, joined the NPA in 1987 and became a “foot soldier” with Squad Uno, Regional Youth Guerilla Command operating in Ifugao and nearby provinces. Considered the longest serving communist guerrilla who surrendered in the Cordi-llera this year, the rebel will be assisted by the government through the social integration program to usher him back to mainstream society.