3 NPA rebels yield to Caraga cops

By Alexander Lopez

September 21, 2023, 3:06 pm

<p><em>(Image courtesy of PRO-13 Information Office)</em></p>
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(Image courtesy of PRO-13 Information Office)


BUTUAN CITY – Three New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, including a minor, have recently surrendered to the Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office (SDSPPO) in Tandag City, an official said Thursday.

Police Regional Office-Caraga (PRO-13) information office chief, Maj. Jennifer Ometer said the group included a 16-year-old boy who turned themselves in before the SDSPPO on Tuesday.

Ometer said the two other rebels, with aliases “Jerence” and “Leo”, are aged 20.

“The minor and Jerence are residents of San Agustin while Leo is from Marihatag town, all in Surigao del Sur,” Ometer said in a phone interview.

The trio were members of Platoon 8 of the dismantled NPA Guerrilla Front 19, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee.

Ometer said the minor is now under the care of the province’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office.

“(The minor)...is now undergoing debriefing and interviews as part of the process of his enrollment in the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program,” she said.

The three, who were recruited by the NPA in 2022, decided to abandon the armed struggle due to fatigue and hunger as the government forces intensified their operations against NPA remnants, Ometer noted.

In a statement on Thursday, PRO-13 director Brig. Gen. Kirby John Kraft said the surrender of the three rebels was the result of the initiatives led by the local Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. (PNA)