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3 ex-rebels yield to S. Mindanao cops

October 27, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 324 views

THREE brothers, former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels wanted for homicide and illegal discharge of firearms on Monday, surrendered to security officials in Southern Mindanao, Police Regional Office 11 (PRO11) Director Brigadier General Benjamin H. Silo Jr. said yesterday.

In a report to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr., the official said that two of the surrenderers were considered the 6th and 8th “most wanted persons” (MWPs) in Maco, Davao de Oro before their surrender.

Silo identified the three only as “Ka Nash”; “Ka Jumong”; and “Ka Aian.” The “Nash” was described as a former NPA squad leader in the province, while “Jumong”, considered the 6th MWP in Maco town, is a former NPA squad vice-leader.

“Aian” is considered the 8th MWP in Maco and was described as an NPA supply officer.

All used to be members of the CPP/NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, the PRO11 director said.

According to Silo, the three yielded to officers from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Davao de Oro Provincial Field Unit, the Maco Municipal Police Station, the 11th Special Action Battalion of the PNP Special Action Force, the PRO11 Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the Army’s 28th Infantry Battalion.

He said that CIDG officials Major Arles Bruza, Lieutenant Colonel Jovit Culaway, and Maj. Jess Baylon initiated the surrender talks following the arrest of one of their siblings and a sister-in-law in Iloilo province last September 14.

Silo said that the three are the subject of a pending warrant of arrest for homicide issued by Judge Celestial Aranda-Gonzales of the Mabini, Davao de Oro Regional Trial Court Branch 57 on August 19, 2021, and another warrant for illegal discharge of firearm issued by Judge Divina Samson of the Maco Municipal Trial Court.

All three are now under the custody of the Davao de Oro CIDG, Silo said.