32 NPA rebels surrender to Army authorities in Bukidnon

September 7, 2009 11:06 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 -– At least 32 communist-New People's Army (NPA) rebels peacefully surrendered to Army authorities and set to receive cash and livelihood assistance from the government, this was disclosed on Tuesday.

Regional Army spokesman Maj. Mitchele B. Anayron Jr. said that Brig. Gen. Mario F. Chan, commanding general of the Army’s Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division acknowledged the effort of the ground troops of Col. Nicanor Dolojan, commanding officer of the Army's 403rd Infantry Brigade for the peaceful surrender of the rebels at Umayam area, Barangay Canangaan, Cabanglasan town, Bukidnon province.

The exodus of NPA rebels started on August 18 this year up to last week, Maj. Anayron said.

Quoting a flash report from Lt. Col. Jose Leonardo Gille, 403rd Civil Military Operations Officer, Maj. Anayron said the local terrorist group was led by 35 year-old Roger Guinumhay, alias “Ka King.”

The returnees also brought along with them 173 immediate family members—84 adults and 89 children during the surrender rites at the headquarters of 403rd Brigade in Malaybalay City, Maj. Anayron said.

The returnees, who are now housed under the custody of the Philippine Army, also yielded 30 assorted low and high-powered firearms, he added.

During the initial custodial debriefing, “Ka King” admitted of their decision to lay down their arms and go back into the mainstream of society because of the hardships they experience in the mountains and disappointments with the cause. “They wanted to leave in a peaceful, normal and productive life," Maj. Anayron further said.

He said the returnees also wanted to help the government’s peace and development program in the southern island.

Meanwhile, Col. Dolojan also said the surrender was attributed through the massive information campaign and tactical operations conducted by the operating elements of 403rd Brigade in Bukidnon province.

He also said this new development also attributed the help of local government units, media, non-government organizations, and all agencies that support programs for peace and development.

"The former rebels—better known as 'Kauban sa Reporma (KRs)' — would receive financial assistance from the government through the Balik-baril and Social Integration Program (SIP), after assessment and evaluation of their records," added Col. Dolojan. (PNA)

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