Seven members of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA), including two ranking leaders, surrendered to
government troops in Maguindanao and South Cotabato.
Lt. Col. Lauro G. Oliveros, commanding officer of 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion,
identified the surrenderers in Maguindanao as Dany L. Daligdig, 32, Emiliano M. Tarusan, 47, Mike T.
Kadingilan, 21, Marcelo M. Dampo, 49, all from Teduray Community in Bgy. Pamanti-ngan, and Wen M.
Bilagen, 31, from T’boli tribe in Bgy. Salumping, Ezperanza, Sultan Kudarat.
The rebel returnees laid down their arms and surrendered to Oliveros in Bgy. Kamasi,
Ampatuan, Maguindanao the other day.
The surrenderers turned over one homemade Springfield, a cal. .357, two homemade M79, and an
On January 9 and 10, 2018, a total of 28 guerillas surrendered to 1st Mech Battalion and 33IB
with firearms, respectively.
In South Cotabato, two high-ranking NPA leaders also returned to the folds of the law to live
a peaceful life in South Cotabato.
Those who surrendered were identified as Noel Minioto Legazpi, alias Efren, deputy secretary
of Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR) of CPP-NPA, and his wife Jeanalyn Defensor Bendalian, alias
Wendy, medical staff of FSMR.
The couple surrendered to troops of the Philippine Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion on Monday.
Accordingly, Efren and Wendy decided to return to the folds of the law after realizing that
the armed struggle of NPA terrorists is not attainable and the CPP-NPA-NDF will not win against the
They were helped by South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance Fuentes.
Efren embraced the communist ideology since 1992 when he became a leader of League of
Filipino Student (LFS). After six years, he became a full-time member of NPA and rose in the
hierarchy of FSMR and became a deputy secretary.
For almost 26 years, he was deceived by the false ideology of the left and the movement
(CPP-NPA-NDF) deprive him the freedom of democratic government.