Female rebel, 8 others surrender

August 24, 2020

A female rebel and eight other New People’s Army members surrendered to the authorities in  Nueva Ecija and Ilocos Sur.

Army 7th Infantry Division spokesman Maj. Amado Gutierrez  said  the NPA amazon and her male companion yielded to Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, 91st Infantry Battalion commander, at their base camp on Saturday. 

Gutierrez identified the two as Joan Castro alias “Kristina,” 21, and alias “Bert,” 41, both from Nueva Ecija, and members of the rebel group operating in Nueva Ecija and Aurora.

Castro, who surrendered an M-14 rifle with magazine loaded with 10 ammunition, said she was a former youth organizer of Kabataang Makabayan and a medic of the rebel group. “Bert” turned over an M-16 rifle with two short magazines containing 26 live bullets.

“We attribute these surrenders to the efforts of our local Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) in Aurora, “ said Rubio.

7th ID commander Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr. welcomed the surrender of the two rebels, saying that they made the right choice in abandoning the bandit group.

Meanwhile, Police  Regional Office 1 director Brigadier General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. yesterday reported the surrender of seven heavily-armed rebels in Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur following talks with local authorities.

Three of the rebels were  member of the NPA’s Militia ng Bayan and the Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid who yielded to authorities in Barangay Bugbuga,  Sta. Cruz municipality on Saturday.

In a report to Philippine National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa Jr., the official said  the three turned over several high-powered firearms, dozens of live ammunition and improvised explosive devices to police and Army officials in the province.

Azurin said  five of the seven -- “Ka Tomas,” “Ka Agustin” and “Ka Kinio” --  yielded three Colt M-16 automatic rifles with three magazines containing a total of 57 live 5.56 ammunition when they surrendered last Friday.

The others were identified as “Ka Simeon,” “Ka Sagani,” “Ka Paos” and “Ka Leo” yielded three M-16 rifles with 13 magazines, a total of 158 live ammunition, 72 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, 18 caliber .45 bullets, one rifle grenade, four IEDs and its materials including two detonating switches, a9-volt battery and a manual on how to assemble IEDs to the government.

The seven confessed that the weapons and explosives were entrusted to them by one Avelino Cruz alias “Ka Junel,” allegedly a leader of the NPA’s Platoon North and Jerry Loreto alias “Ka Dindo,”leader of NPA’s Platoon South.

Both platoons are said to be under the NPA’s Kilusang Larangan Gerilya South Ilocos Sur.

The seven rebels yielded in Sitio Kinpatubbog, Bgy. Poblacion,  Suyo town following talks with officials of the Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office, the Army’s 702nd Brigade headed by Brig. Gen. Audrey Pasia and the Army’s 7th Infantry Division under Major Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr.

The surrender was also initiated by Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, Suyo Mayor Mario B. Subagan, Sta. Lucia Mayor Joseph Simon B. Valdez and Santa Cruz Mayor Teresita C. Valle.

With Steve Gosuico