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PNP chief welcomes 44 ex-NPA rebels to fold of law

July 11, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 346 views

PNP chief General Benjamin Acorda Jr. on Friday last week welcomed back 44 members of the New People’s Army to the folds of the law who have surrendered to Philippine National Police authorities in Northern Mindanao, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Area Police Command-Eastern Mindanao commander, Lieutenant Gen. Filmore B. Escobal formally received the 44 members of the CPP/NPA Northcentral Mindanao Regional Committee at the Police Regional Office 10 headquarters in Cagayan de Oro City.

The top cop also inspected a cache of high-powered NPA weapons recovered by the local police in an operation in Barangay Lapok in Talakag, Bukidnon during his visit to the PRO-10.

The weapons, which include one caliber 50 improvised sniper rifle, three cal. 5.56 M-16 automatic rifles, three cal. 7.62 M-14 rifles, three cal. 7.62 CZ rifles and T2 cal. 45 semi-automatic pistols, were found inside a drum buried underneath by local guerrillas.

A tip from a former NPA member enabled officers from the Bukidnon Police Provincial Office, the APC-EM, the Revitalized-Pulis sa Barangay Miarayon team and the 12th Special Action Company of the PNP Special Action Force to find the exact location of the buried weapons last July 2, said Lt. Gen. Escobal.

Acorda commended the policemen led by Major Anthony Towned, Captain Srailland dela Vega and Lieutenant Jan Kevin Antonio for confiscating the hidden guns buried by members of an NCRMC platoon.

The R-PSB is a flagship program of APCEastern Mindanao which aims to establish safe and conflict-resilient communities, apart from preparing them for further development,.

These milestones serve as a testament to the determination of the communities, as they willingly abandoned their support and sympathy for the false ideals and propaganda of the CPP/NDF/NPA and cut their support to the leftist gunmen who have gained notoriety for their involvement in a number of terror and criminal activities in the region.

“The seamless collaboration between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP against the systematic resource generation of the NPA through extortion, robbery, and other illegal means significantly disrupted their logistical support, funding, and recruitment efforts,” said Lt. Gen. Escobal.

This reduction in operational capabilities has considerably hampered their ability to carry out acts of violence, thereby contributing to the restoration of peace and security in the affected areas in Northern Mindanao, Lt. Gen. Escobal said.

According to Gen. Acorda, they are again extending their invitation to NPA rebels to yield to government authorities and start a new life by taking advantage of the help that wll be provided to them by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in the country.

This commitment to reconciliation and national healing is bolstered by the readiness through the NTF-ELCAC and other government initiatives to facilitate their reintegration, providing essential support and opportunities to rebuild their lives while actively contributing to the development of their communities, he added.