Ilagan City, Isabela – Six ‘demoralized’ leaders of Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) surrendered in Ilagan City, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya on October 14 and 15, 2021 ‘due to hardship and hunger.’
The division identified those who surrendered as: ‘Alias Nethan, 29 years old, Squad Leader; Alias Gerber, 26 yrs old, Squad Vice Leader; Alias Jazzel, 27 years old, S4, all of Squad Uno; Alias Rey, 27 years old, Team Leader of Squad Dos; Alias Rod, 51 years old, Giyang Pampulitika of Squad Tres.’
According to the 5th Infantry Division of Philippine Army, all are members of the Regional Sentro de Grabidad (RSDG) of the Regional Operations Command under Komiteng Rehiyon-Cagayan Valley (KR-CV). They surrendered to the troops of 95th Infantry Battalion (95IB), 502nd Infantry Brigade (502IBde), and PNP Region 02 in Ilagan City.
The former rebels likewise surrendered their high-powered firearms to include Elisco M16 rifle, Bushmaster M16 rifle, M16 A1 rifle with one short magazine loaded with 15 rounds of live ammunition, and a cellphone.
Meanwhile, Alias Rod, Medical Officer of West Front Committee, Komiteng Probinsya (KOMPROB) Cagayan surrendered in Nueva Vizcaya through the PNP Region 02 and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).
Former rebels revealed that they are tired of running and hiding as communities keep reporting their location to the authorities.
In addition, the rebels are “disappointed of the squabbling CNT leadership as an effect of the intensified military operations of the army troops that led to a series of encounters that resulted to the death of their leaders, voluntary surrender of their comrades, confiscation and discovery of their firearms and other materials, and the withdrawal of support of their mass bases.”
Thanking the government for facilitating their safe surrender, the former rebels warned the youth not to be deceived by CPP-NPA, instead focus on their studies.
Commander of 5th Infantry Division, Major General (MGen) Laurence Mina extended gratitude to the rebels for returning to the fold and urged the remaining rebels to do the same.
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