Surrender SURRENDER. A married couple from Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, who were combatants of the CPP-NPA since 2019, surrendered to government forces in the southern Negros city on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Photo courtesy of NOCPPO-Himamaylan Component City Police Station

Husband-wife NPA fighters yield to gov’t troops in NegOcc

June 11, 2022 People's Tonight 247 views

BACOLOD CITY – A married couple, combatants of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Negros Occidental since 2019, surrendered to government troops in Himamaylan City on Thursday.

The surrenderers, whose identities were not revealed due to security reasons, belonged to the Squad 1 of Commander Karding Command base, according to a report of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) on Friday night.

Col. Leo Pamittan, acting provincial director, lauded the couple’s decision to surrender and turn over their firearm.

“I encourage them to convince their remaining comrades to return to the fold of the law. The government has programs for former rebels,” Pamittan said.

According to the NOCPPO report, the couple said their unit has been operating in Himamaylan City.

Both were involved in armed encounters against the government forces between 2019 and 2022.

The report added that they decided to turn themselves in after they tired of living life as rebels.

The couple voluntarily surrendered to the Himamaylan Component City Police Station personnel with the support of the 2nd Negros Occidental Mobile Force Company, NOCPPO Provincial Intelligence Unit, Philippine Army, and the City Government of Himamaylan.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a “terrorist organization” by the United States, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The National Democratic Front (NDF) was formally designated as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Terrorism Council on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA created in April 1973. Philippine News Agency