TWO known New People’s Army (NPA) supporters yielded to police authorities in Isabela province the other day amid continuing government efforts to end local communist armed conflict in Cagayan Valley, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Steve B. Ludan said that the two identified only thru their aliases ‘Ka Pedro,’47; and ‘Ka Karding,’47, turned themselves over to authorities while tropical depression ‘Maring’ was pummeling Northern Luzon.
Ludan said that the two were described as members of the Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon ti Isabela or DAGAMI, a left-leaning group in the province known for its links with the CPP/NPA’s Regional White Area Committee.
The official said that the two decided to renounce their association with the NPA and yield to the local police following talks with local barangay officials. It turned out that the two were promised by their recruiters that their land problem will be resolved once they join the rebel movement.
However, the promise did not materialize since 2013, Ludan said.
The PRO2 director said that the two’s surrender was the latest accomplishment of the Isabela Police Provincial Office’s Project SAGIP or Sustaining Our Advocacy to Grind Insurgency in the province.
Under the program, NPA members and sympathizers are given the opportunity of livelihood package that will enable them to feed their families and return to the mainstream of the society.