Forty NPA rebels decided to surrender back after localized peace negotiations in Region 4A ended successfully on Saturday.
The mass surrender came a day before the communist terrorist group’s 51st founding anniversary.
According to Colonel Alex Rillera, Commander of the 202nd Infantry Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Calabarzon, the rebels turnedover 14 firearms to military and police heads during a ceremony at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna yesterday.
He said the former rebels belong to the NPA’s Guerilla Front Cesar which operates in the boundaries of Quezon, Rizal and Laguna provinces .”They will undergo debriefing and profiling as part of the enrollment process to the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP.”
Col Rillera added that the mass surrender “validated our assessment that the NPA’s mass base support in this part of the country is now eroding and losing traction due to demoralization from our intelligence-driven combat operations, before the ceasefire was declared, complemented by our unrelenting push for localized peace talks thereby slowly but surely dismantling the remaining communist machinery in the region.”
Military records show that 45 NPA regulars and supporters yielded over 25 firearms during last year’s 50th anniversary celebration of the communist terrorists and were presented on April 1 which soldiers and police called “April Fool’s Joke”. Thirteen of those surrender received P688,000-worth of firearms remuneration last week at Cavinti, Laguna.