IPIL, PHILIPPINES – Four New People’s Army (NPA) members have surrendered and yielded arms cache Thursday, August 8 to government troops in the municipality of Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, commanding officer of the Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion, said two of those who surrender were women, one of whom was a team leader and her companion is a medic.
Upon their surrender, the two led the Army troops to the location of the arms cache consisting of one M14 rifle, one AK-47 rifle, one Carbine rifle, and one caliber .38 pistol.
The surrenderees have also yielded two land mines, ammunition, three cellular phones, and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
The four, according to Templonuevo, have been encouraged to surrender based on the positive feedback they heard about the government program for surrenderees.
“They’ve have heard that their surrendered comrades felt the sincerity of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for the former rebels,” Templonuevo said.
The latest batch of surrenderees could signal “a snowball of surrenderees in the coming days.”
“We expect a snowball of surrenderees in the coming days as we’ve already created the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in the area,” said Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan, commanding officer of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade based in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
A total of 31 NPA members and supporters have already surrendered in the area under the jurisdiction of the 102nd brigade since January.
The brigade commander said the four surrenderees will “encourage some of their comrades to follow their path.” (Mindanao Sun/ Photo: 44th IB)