POLICE Regional Office 10 director Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb yesterday announced the surrender of five members of the New People’s Army who also turned over an estimated P140,000 worth of high-powered firearms to the police this month.
The official said the surrender of the five came in the wake of their ongoing drive to convince NPA rebels in the region to yield to authorities and return to the mainstream of the society to fend for their families.
Last December 5, he said that Marlon Talisik, Bebert Damasco Jr. and Rodolfo Talisik Jr., identified as members of the NPA’s Security Committee 89, turned themselves over to the PRO10 Regional Intelligence Division following negotiations with Datu Jerry Magaling. The three were members of the Higa-onon tribe.
The three were escorted by personnel from the PRO10 Public Safety Mobile Forces Company in Bukidnon led by Senior Insp. Noel Cano, who fetched them in Bgy. Casisang, Malaybalay City.
Pacleb said the three turned over a 5.56 Barret IG sniper rifle with one magazine containing seven live ammunition, one M-14 rifle with a modified silencer and telescope and a magazine with seen bullets and a Carbine cal. .30 rifle with a loaded magazine.
The weapons were valued at P125,000.
During a debriefing, the three claimed they used to be under one Commander Caezar and involved in NPA extortion activities and other atrocities in Bukidnon from 2014 to 2015.
Last Monday, Pacleb said that two other comrades of the three, identified as Arnel and Mablet Timbangan, both members of the Omayamnon tribe based in Bgy. Canagaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, surrendered to PRO10-RID.
The official said that the two confessed their involvement in the procurement of NPA firearms and other supplies in Bukidnon as well as Agusan del Sur since 2016. The two turned over two 12-gauge shotguns with sling magazines to the police. The firearms were valued at P25,000.
“The five rebels surrendered after being demoralized by extreme hardships and false promises within the revolutionary movement,” Pacleb said.