ZAMBOANGA CITY: A young female member of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the military after she was left behind by her group during a firefight with soldiers in Zamboanga del Norte’s Leon Postigo town, officials said on Monday. Capt. Franco Suelto, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, said 19-year-old Mary Sadia, alias Ka Lisa, also surrendered her M16 automatic rifle and five magazines, including a rifle grenade on Sunday to Lt. Levie Jolly Bulawan, of the 10th Infantry Battalion. Sadia’s group clashed with troops under Bulawan on June 14 also in Leon Postigo town where one government soldier was wounded. Colonel Aminkadra Undug, the division commander, praised the troops involved in the surrender of Sadia. “Her surrender is a proof of our sincerity in promoting peace and we urge other rebels to come and join us and live peacefully with your family,” he said.


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