• Two Northern Samar rebel leaders lay down arms

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    A ranking member of the New People’s Army (NPA) and his wife surrendered to the authorities Friday dealing a blow against the communist rebel movement in Eastern Visayas, military reports said Saturday.

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    Reports at Camp Aguinaldo, the military general headquarters in Manila, identified the NPA couple in Northern Samar as Lemuel Moreno alias Ka Kulas and his wife Nida Moreno alias Ka Mina.

    The reports said the couple surrendered Friday morning to elements of the army’s 20th Infantry Battalion (IB) under the army’s 8th Infantry Division at Brgy. Santander in Bonbon, Northern Samar.

    The couple brought with them two .45 pistols with two magazines and four rounds of ammunitions when they surrendered to government authorities, the reports said.

    It was found that Lemuel was a squad leader and Nida was the medical officer of the Section Committee 2 of the Northern Samar Provincial Party Committee operating in Northern Samar.

    Major General Gerardo Layug, commander of the army’s 8th Infantry Division, said that the surrender of the NPA couple was a result of the joint efforts by local leaders in Bonbon and army teams in Northern Samar.

    “Our Oplan Bayanihan Teams are helping NPA rebels to return to the mainstream of society and avail the new program of the AFP which is the Guns for Peace Program… this is a sincere desire of the army to help rebels return to the folds of law and start a new life,” Layug said.

    Under the AFP Guns For Peace Program, the couple will be receiving P50,000 as part of the firearms remuneration package and other existing government assistance from government line agencies.

    Anthony Vargas

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