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12 terror ring members yield to ZamPen police

June 18, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 170 views

POLICE Regional Office 9 director Brig. Gen. Bowenn Joey M. Masauding yesterday announced the surrender of 12 terror ring members in Zamboanga Peninsula following a series of negotiations that will allow them to return to the mainstream of the society and earn jobs that will help feed their families.

In a report to Philippine National Police chief Gen. Rommel Francisco D. Marbil, the PRO9 director said that nine of the surrenderers were members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who turned themselves over to officers of the Dumingag Municipal Police Station in Zamboanga del Sur on Thursday.

Masauding said that the local police, with the help of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Intelligence Unit and its Provincial Mobile Force Battalions, the Regional Intelligence Unit 9, the Naval Intelligence Security Group, and the Philippine Army helped convince the nine to surrender.

Each were given monetary assistance and a sack of rice prior to the facilitation of their request to avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Livelihood Program (E-CLIP) for rebel returnees.

Another NPA member also yielded to officers of the 2nd Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company in San Miguel municipality while a 10th surrendered to the Naga Municipal Police Station in Zamboanga Sibugay on the same day.

Masauding said that the 12th surrenderer, who was described as a 29-year-old member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), turned himself over to officers of the 53rd Special Action Company of the PNP Special Action Force in Lamitan City in Basilan following talks with the SAF commandos and member of the PRO9.

The man was also initially provided cash, a sack of rice and grocery items while his E-CLIP papers are being processed.

“PRO 9 commends the units involved in the facilitation of the withdrawal of support of 11 CTG members and one Abu Sayyaf Group member last Thursday. We remain committed in the safeguarding of the peace and order in Zamboanga Peninsula. Kami po ay patuloy na makikipag-ugnayan sa ating komunidad upang matulungan kami sa aming layunin na mapanatiling insurgency-free ang ZamPen. Sa Bagong Pilipinas, ang gusto ng pulis, ligtas ka,” said the Western Mindanao police director.