8 NPA rebels yield in Central Luzon

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

April 12, 2024, 4:13 pm

<p>PRO 3 director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. <em>(File photo courtesy of PNP)</em></p>

PRO 3 director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. (File photo courtesy of PNP)

MANILA – Eight communist rebels have surrendered to police units in Central Luzon, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 reported on Friday.

In a statement, PRO 3 director Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. said the former rebels surrendered during the period April 4 to 11 and pledged allegiance to the government.

He said the surrender of these insurgents is an outcome of the efforts of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).

The surrenderers include "Ka Jomar" from the Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP) member under the Josefino Corpuz Command, who turned in a homemade unserviceable .38 caliber revolver with live ammunition; "Ka Ivy" from the Iskwad Primera Platoon Sentral of Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB), who surrendered ammunition and explosive materials; and "Ka Jayjay" from the Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda Bataan-Zambales, who handed over firearms and explosives.

The other surrenderers are "Ka Orna," from Bayan Muna (underground mass organization) who possessed explosive materials; "Ka Berting," from the Kilusang Larangang Gerilya-Tarlac Zambales (KLG TarZam), who relinquished firearms and subversive documents; "Ka Lenlen," from the Pambansang Katipunan ng Magsasaka (PKM); "Ka Gabriela," from the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB) who surrendered an improvised submachine gun; and "Ka Usting," from the Aguman Dareng Maglalautang Capampangan (AMC).

Hidalgo urged the remaining members of these groups to lay down their arms and take advantage of the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits.

"The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines continue to encourage all remaining supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army to return to the government fold and unite for a terrorism-free nation," Hidalgo said. (PNA)