Two members of the New People’s Army surrendered on Sunday, January 14, in Talisay City and the other NPA member surrendered on Thursday, January 11, in San Carlos City.
A 70-year-old individual known as “Ka Dante,” affiliated with the disbanded Northern Negros Front (NNF) under the Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros Bohol Cebu Siquijor (KR-NBCS), turned himself in Barangay Zone 12-A in Talisay City.
He handed over a .38 caliber revolver, an M203 grenade, and two .38 caliber bullets.
On January 11, “Ka Dong,” aged 47 from San Carlos City and a former member of the dissolved NNF-KR-NCBS, surrendered to the 2nd MP Patrol Base, 1st Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company (Nocpmfc), located in Barangay Bunga, Don Salvador Benedicto.
He relinquished an improvised 12-gauge shotgun, a 40mm grenade, a blasting cap, and two detonating cords. As immediate assistance, the former rebel received a sack of rice and a small amount of cash aid from the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental and PNP Negros.
Those who surrendered went through a sequence of interviews and documentation processes to validate their status, allowing them to access the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
Police Brig. Gen. Sidney Villaflor, the head of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 in Western Visayas, highlighted the importance of individuals voluntarily surrendering as a key strategy in breaking down insurgency networks.
Villaflor restated the police’s dedication to offering assistance and rehabilitation opportunities for individuals opting for the path of peace.
The PRO-6 praised the police for the surrender, with Villaflor stating that this action symbolizes the favorable outcomes of their anti-insurgency efforts.
He encouraged the community and other individuals engaged in insurgency activities to emulate this precedent.
The PNP remains on alert for possible NPA attacks throughout the country. All Filipinos are advised to report any suspicious activities in their respective areas related to the rebels.