Four Alleged NPA Members Surrender In Oriental Mindoro

Four Alleged NPA Members Surrender In Oriental Mindoro

ALLEGED NPA MEMBERS – Four alleged NPA members, two of them from the indigenous Mangyan tribe, surrendered Oriental Mindoro province.

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According to Inquirer, head of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division public information office Captain Jayrald Ternio said that the first Mangyan couple under the alias “Elsie” and “Justin,”, turned themselves to the Army’s 203rd Infantry Brigade (IB) in Barangay Benli, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro.

Ternio said that the couple decided to surrender after a series of negotiations with leaders of the Seventh-Day Adventist and Catholic churches.

“They were the ones who were wounded during the encounter at Sitio Taboy-Taboy on Sept. 14 wherein a female terrorist got killed,”

203rd IB commander Colonel Jose Augusto Villareal, commended the local officials and religious leaders for convincing the couple to surrender.

Ternio said that another Mangyan couple, under the alias “Gilbert” and “Delia,” also surrendered to government troops and cops in Barangay Panaytayan in Mansalay. There were no other details provided.

The four surrenderers were squad commanders and supply officers of the NPA unit operating on the island, Ternio added.

Commander of 2ID Major General Greg Almerol welcomed the rebel returnees for their wise decision to free themselves from terrorism as they will soon welcome the coming year with opportunities for a new life.

“These series of surrenders across Southern Tagalog is a clear sign that the NPA is on the verge of irrecoverable defeat,”

The military is providing all necessary assistance to the former rebels in their reintegration under Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip).

The program offers free medical ments, education, housing, and legal aid to surrenderers, based on the report.

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