RIZAL, CAMP CAPINPIN — A significant development took place in Lopez, Quezon, as a leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered, along with a cache of war materials, according to Hector Estolas, the Information Officer of the Public Affairs Office at the Philippine Army’s Second Infantry Division, situated in Camp General Mateo Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal.

The suspect in Alias Cuba, who is an alleged vice platoon leader of Platun Reymark from the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee, chose to lay down arms and rejoin mainstream society.

The surrender operation was a joint effort between the 85th Infantry “Sandiwa” Battalion and the Quezon Philippine National Police in Barangay San Rafael.

The items surrendered by alias Cuba included a caliber .38 pistol, a hand grenade, and one blasting cap.

This voluntary surrender marks a positive step towards peace and security in the region.

Major General Roberto S. Capulong, the Commander of the 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division, warmly welcomed alias Cuba’s decision to abandon armed struggle and respond to the government’s call for peace. He took this opportunity to encourage other remaining NPA members to follow suit, emphasizing the government’s commitment to providing assistance, grants, and programs to help them reintegrate into society and live peacefully with their families.

This, he stressed, is a far more constructive path than fighting for the Communist Terrorist Group’s selfish objectives. (AI/MNM)