COTABATO CITY – Ten members of the communist New Peoples Army (NPA), including teachers, have voluntarily surrendered to government authorities in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, the local police reported Tuesday.
Maj. Rodney Binoya, Lebak town police chief, said the surrenderers were active members of Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR) Cherry Mobile Platoon who decided to avail of the government’s amnesty program.
“We are going nowhere, our leaders provided us with lip service, we were duped, we are tired of war,” Ka Goy, one of the guerrillas who yielded in Barangay Tibpuan on Monday afternoon, said in the vernacular.
Binoya said the surrenderers included teachers of schools in the mountains under the influence of NPA.
He added that the ex-rebels have received financial assistance from the government under the End Local Communist Armed Conflict program in exchange for the firearms they handed over to the police.
“The surrenderers are still undergoing debriefing at the Lebak municipal police station,” he said. (PNA)