FORT MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA ECIJA – An alleged New People’s Army female amazon and another rebel voluntarily surrendered to the military with their weapons in Baler, Aurora, a report said here yesterday.
Army Major Amado C. Gutierrez, 7th Infantry Division spokesman said the two NPA insurgents yielded to Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, 91st Infantry Battalion commander at their base camp last Friday.
Gutierrez identified the duo as Joan Castro, 21, alias Kristina, and one alias Bert, 41, both from Nueva Ecija, and members of the rebel group operating in this province and in Aurora.
Castro, who surrendered an M-14 rifle with a magazine loaded with 10 ammunition, admitted that she was a former youth organizer of Kabataang Makabayan and a medic of the rebel group.
Gutierrez said "Bert" in yielding to the military here, also carried with him his M-16 rifle with two short magazines containing 26 live ammunition.
“We attribute these surrenders to the efforts of our local Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) in Aurora, which supports the relentless efforts of our troops in combat operations. Both efforts are indispensable to encourage more members of the NPA to surrender in the provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija,” said Rubio.
7th ID commander Major General Alfredo Rosario Jr. welcomed the surrender of the two NPA personalities, saying that they made the right choice in abandoning the bandit group.
"Their act of presenting themselves to the authorities is a courageous move on their part. Being deceived and recruited to join the NPA armed struggle is not their fault, it is a crime committed by the leaders of the CPP-NPA-NDF. I am glad for this new development in Aurora and hopefully, there will be more surrenderers in the future," the 7TH ID added.