2 NPA fighters surrenders in Sarangani Province

August 2, 2010 11:43 am 

CAMP FELIX APOLINARIO, Panacan, Davao City, Aug. 2 – Two New People’s Army (NPA) fighters surrendered to authorities in the village of Datal Bukay in Glan town in Sarangani province 7 a.m. Friday.

Oscar Antonio alias Macmac and Kerlan Gumanas alias Janjan, both members of Platoon Mazda of Front-71 of the Far South Mindanao Regional Committee, surrendered to elements of 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB) bringing along two caliber .30 M1 Garand rifles.

“They were convinced by village leaders to surrender so that they can be with their families and live a normal life.” said Lt. Col. Edgardo de Leon, commander of 73IB.

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, Commander of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, welcomed the surrender of the duo saying “it is the right step towards a better future for the families of the surrenderors.”

"We would rather have our lost brothers return to the folds of the law than meeting them in the mountains and be killed in combat. It is our aim to win the peace and not just win the war.” Holganza said.

In the recent weeks, several other NPA fighters surrendered to authorities in southern Mindanao, which included three child combatants. (PNA)

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