10 NPA members yield, turn over rifles to Cagayan cops

September 19, 2021 People's Tonight 578 views

TEN members of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Cagayan Valley on Saturday surrendered to local security troops with their automatic rifles and ammunition, said Police Regional Office 2 (PRO2) director, Brigadier General Steve B. Ludan.

The rebel surrenderers yielded nine M-16 automatic rifles, M-14 rifle and fully-loaded magazines, said the PRO2 director in a report to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.

“The 10 surrendered following negotiations with Army and PRO2 officers who are at the forefront of a massive campaign to convince NPA members to return to the mainstream of the society and avail of the comprehensive livelihood package being offered to them by the government,” said Brig. Gen. Ludan.

The surrender of the 10 NPA members which took place in Barangay Bangag in Lal-lo, Cagayan was witnessed by Ludan, Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba, Cagayan police director, Colonel Renell Sabaldica and officers of the Army’s 17th Infantry Battalion and Marine Battalion Landing Team 10 led by Lieutenant Colonels Joe Boy Kindipan, Angelo Saguigit and Julius Yncierto.

Ludan said he has ordered the full implementation of all programs in the region aimed at helping the government end local communist armed conflict which has disrupted the economy and left thousands of people dead over the past 40 years of leftist insurgency.

“We are asking those who have already surrendered to us to encourage their other comrades to yield and make them fully aware that in the event they surrender, all their rights will be fully observed while their papers which will allow them to avail of jobs and other livelihood programs are being processed,” the official said.