11 NPA fighters yield in Sultan Kudarat town

11 NPA fighters yield in Sultan Kudarat town

COTABATO CITY – The government’s campaign to reunite communist rebels with their families and the mainstream society continues to gain ground as 11 New Peoples’ Army rebels have surrendered in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.

Kalamansig Mayor Rolando Garcia welcomed the former rebels on Friday during the surrender rites, providing them initially with livelihood assistance and a sack of rice.

“We welcome them as the government is doing everything for their reintegration into mainstream society,” Garcia said in a media statement.

“They made the right decision to surrender because an armed struggle has been proven ineffective,” he added.

Garcia also asked the surrenderers to convince their comrades who are still in the mountains to come down.

Lt. Col. Allen Van Estrera, the Army’s 37th Infantry Battalion commander, said the NPA fighters turned over some 25 firearms composed of M16 rifles, M14 rifles, M1 Garand rifles, .45-caliber pistols. .38-caliber revolvers, two Uzi machine pistols, and fragmentation grenades.

He said the latest batch of surrenderers will be enrolled in the government’s Expanded Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

More than 100 NPA fighters in Sultan Kudarat have returned to the fold of the law since 2021. This year, about 30 communist rebels have surrendered.

The Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The Anti-Terrorism Council has also formally named the National Democratic Front as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA that was created in April 1973. (PNA)

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