Two NPAs surrender

March 12, 2010 11:38 pm 

MANILA, March 12 — Two disgruntled New People's Army (NPAs) rebels voluntarily surrendered to government troops in Brgy. Rangas, Juban, Sorsogon on Thursday night, a military officer said.

According to 1st Lt. Jimmy C. Amoloy, commander of the Alpha Company, 22nd Infantry Battalion, the two surrenderors are identified as Jonas Enriquez and Merwin Arcabado, members of NPA operating in the province.

The two rebels brought with them three firearms including one M16A1 Rifle, one Shotgun, one caliber .45 M1911A1 Pistol and one Cal .357 revolver, a binocular and a rifle grenade.

Major Harold M. Cabunoc, chief of the 9th Infantry Division's Public Affairs Office, said Arcabado was fed up by the empty promises of his recruiters who persuaded them to leave their family members in Aroroy, Masbate to fight for their "cause."

“Our leaders in the ‘movement’ were getting so much money from our extortion activities. Majority of the ‘fighters’ like me cannot even sustain my family whom I left behind in our barangay,” Cabunoc quoted Arcabado as saying.

Enriquez said that his only son don’t recognize him anymore, and “I wish to live a normal life and feed my family with the products of my own labor. I am ashamed to admit that we are forcing other people to give us ‘revolutionary tax’ so that we can buy food for our starving family members.”

The two surrenderors are undergoing debriefing at the headquarters of the 22nd Infantry Battalion in Pili, Camarines Sur.

Lt. Col. Leoncio Cirunay, commander of the 22nd Infantry Battalion, said that the duo will receive various financial and livelihood benefits from the government. “This is a good indication that more and more rebels are enlightened about the evils of their banditry,” said Cirunay.

Major General Ruperto R. Pabustan, commander of the 9th Infantry Division, will formally receive the two surrenderors who expressed intention to help persuade many of their former comrades to go back to the folds of the law. (PNA)



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