THREE members of the New People’s Army (NPA) decided to return to the fold of the law to start a new life and live peacefully in two separate incidents in Agusan del Sur.
This was confirmed yesterday by Captain Joe Patrick A. Martinez, spokesman of Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division.
The identity of the first rebel who surrendered was not disclosed for security reason but record showed that he was a member of SRDG South l and voluntarily submitted himself to the members of 3rd Special Forces Battalion with his M16 rifle on November 9, 2016.
His return was made possible through the joint efforts of the 26th Infantry Battalion and the Agusan del Sur Provincial Police Office who convinced him to leave the armed movement to live a normal life.
The following day, two more NPA rebels, including a squad leader of Guerilla Front 88 and a member of Guerilla Front Committee 89, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee, surrendered to Lt. Col. Rommel Pagayon, commanding officer of 26th Infantry Battalion, and Mayor Jesryl Masendo of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.
The two rebels also turned over their three firearms -- one AR18, one Carbine and one Garand rifle.
The two surrendered after realizing the futility of their armed struggle. They also heeded the call of President Duterte for national healing and reconciliation.
MGen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., commander of 4th Infantry Division, congratulated the three rebels for their decision to live a peaceful life.