3 communist rebels yield in Occidental Mindoro

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

September 21, 2023, 3:41 pm

<p><em>(Infographics courtesy of PRO 4B)</em></p>

(Infographics courtesy of PRO 4B)

MANILA – Three members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) surrendered to police units in Occidental Mindoro on Wednesday, the regional police office reported.

In a statement Thursday, Police Regional Office (PRO) 4B (Mimaropa) chief Brig. Gen. Joel Doria said Alway Imnaw Asunio alias "Ka Arnel", a member of the Kilusang Larangang Gerilya-Mark Anthony Velasco (KLG-MAV) of the NPA's Sub-Regional Military Area (SRMA-4D), Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC) surrendered to personnel of the 405th B Maneuver Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion MFB in Barangay Santo Niño, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Asunio also surrendered a caliber .38 Magnum revolver and two live ammunitions.

Doria said the surrender of “Ka Arnel” was made possible through the assistance from intelligence units of the local police and the military.

Also on Wednesday, Lea Saligumba Bumacod, alias “Ka Melet”, 38; and Danilo Coronacion Caoili, alias “Ka Ale”, 49, former members of the NPA's SRMA 4D STRPC operating in Mindoro Island, surrendered to personnel of the intelligence unit of the Occidental Mindoro Police Provincial Office at Camp Winston Ebersole in San Jose town.

Doria said the surrenderers are now under police custody for debriefing and assistance before their enrolment to the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

"This is a product of our commitment to securing our region against the threat of communist terrorism under NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) with the active support of local government units and other government agencies," he added.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 20 this year, a total of 157 NPA members surrendered to different police units in Mimaropa.

Mimaropa is comprised of the provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. (PNA)