21 NPA guerrillas surrender in Sultan KudaratJune 3, 2021
SULTAN KUDARAT – Twenty-one members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to authorities in Lebak town on Tuesday morning.
Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the 21 rebels yielded through the intercession of Col. Eduardo Gubat of the 603rd Infantry Brigade and local officials in Lebak, a seaside town in Sultan Kudarat province.
The group turned over assorted firearms to Gubat in the presence of Lebak municipal officials.
Lebak Mayor Frederick Celestial said the communist guerrillas agreed to surrender after learning that their companions who surrendered ahead have reintegrated to the society.
Their former comrades are now thriving peacefully as farmers with the help of the government.
More than a hundred NPAs surrendered in batches to different units of 6th ID in the past seven months. These guerrillas came from the forested hinterlands in the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani.
Uy said the local government unit of Lebak provided the 21 NPAs initial cash assistance and farm inputs to start their lives again.
The group have pledged allegiance to the Philippine government after renouncing membership with the NPA during a simple surrender rite, he said.
NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). It is the principal organization for the CPP in waging the “people’s democratic revolution.”
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