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7 ex-Reds turn in guns, explosives

June 21, 2023 Bernard Galang 127 views

Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga — PRO3 director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. on Wednesday reported the surrender of seven former members of the communist terrorist groups (CTGs) to the Central Luzon police along with their firearms and some explosives.

In Zambales, alias “NEL”, a former platoon leader of the Rebolusyunaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB) operating in the province, pledged his allegiance back to the government and turned in an improvised .45 rifle, a unit of .40mm grenade launcher ammunition and explosive materials consisting of a blasting cap with time fuse.

Alias “Reyco”, an ex-member of an underground mass organization, yielded to authorities to clear his name and enroll to the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

‘Reyco” told authorities he was deceived to join the rebel group when he was offered to help him fight over their ancestral land as well as free education.

In Nueva Ecija, local police facilitated the voluntary surrender of “Ka Benny”, a former vice squad leader under Arcadio Peralta command group operating in different areas of Nueva Ecija from 1987 to 1991.

On the other hand, alias “Aga,” a former member of Manggang Marikit-Bagong Barrio-Yuzon (MAMBAYU), turned in a .38 revolver (paltik) and live bullets.

In Aurora, alias “Jasmin” and alias “Benjo” surrendered to the Aurora police.

“Jasmin”, former fighter of Primera Larangan Sentral KLG Sierra Madre Aurora PCOM, handed over one .38 revolver with four live bullets and two .40MM explosives and two improvised dynamite, 350 ml gasoline, one box match, a lighter, a plastic triple 14 fertilizer, four time fuse, and one blasting cap.

Alias “Benjo”, a member of the Panlalawigang Alyansa Magsasaka ng Aurora (PAMANA), surrendered to the Aurora police along with a .38 revolver, two live bullets and two .40mm explosives.

In Tarlac, “Ka Anton”, an ex-member of Militiang Bayan ng Lalawigan ng Tarlac, also surrendered to the local police.

“We are pleased to welcome our fellow Filipinos back to the government side and to their communities. These are the results of our continuous campaign to end local communist armed conflict in our country,” Hidalgo said.