3 NPA rebels yield in S. Cotabato

POLICE Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus yesterday announced the surrender of three New People’s Army members to local authorities in South Cotabato on Thursday.

Corpus said that the three identified as Timuwok Adam alias ‘Longhair/Wok,’ Complie Sawang alias ‘Blata’ and Jesie Lambong alias /Munsor/Proting’ turned themselves over to police and military operatives in Sitio Datal Ligaw in Barangay Tasiman, Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.

The three also surrendered one M-14 rifle with a defaced serial number, a home-made KG-9 macine pistol with a magazine containing 11 live ammunition and an M-14 magazine with six bullets during their surrender.

Corpus said the three were members of the NPA’s Platoon West under the Guerrilla Front Musa of the CPP/NPA’s Southern Mindanao regional unit operating in the mountainous areas of Sitio Datal Ligaw.

The three surrendered following talks with members of the Regional Mobile 12, Regional Intelligence Unit 12, the South Cotabato Police Provincial Office, the Lake Sebu Municipal Police Station, the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion, the Army’s 1002nd Brigade and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

All three are now undergoing questioning by operatives from the RIU12 before they are allowed to avail of the government’s E-CLIP program or the comprehensive livelihood package for rebels who have decided to surrender to the government and return to the mainstream of the society, a report to Philippine National Police Intelligence Group director, Brig. Gen. Edgar S. Monsalve said.

Regional Mobile Force Battalion 12 commander, Lieutenant Colonel Barney P. Condes said  the surrender of the three came in the wake of their intensified counter-insurgency campaign in the region which has prompted many NPA members to yield in order to live a normal life once again.