NPA rebels give up in Davao Norte, relinquish firearms

By Che Palicte/ Philippine News Agency

DAVAO CITY – Some seven guerrillas of the communist terrorist New Individuals’s Military, together with two minors, surrendered to the sixtieth Infantry Battalion (60IB) in Davao del Norte, bringing with them 4 high-powered firearms, the tenth Infantry Division (10ID) mentioned in a press release Wednesday (Sept. 22).

All had been members of the Weakened Guerilla Entrance (WGF) 3, Sub Regional Committee (SRC) 4, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).

They had been recognized as Toto Morgades Tumagsa alias Jiboy, 21, group chief; Rene Tumagsa Tiklonay alias John/Alex, 19, group chief; Lyka Casal Velis alias Marian/Mary Ann/Yawe, 23, group medic; Ronafe Catarata Adregado alias Chacha/Ritchie/Gareb, 19, platoon medic; Monding Tilocan Balanban alias Bato/Lubas, 48; a 16-year-old member who served as a provide officer; and a 15-year-old member who served as a group medic.

The 10ID mentioned the seven voluntarily surrendered to Lt. Col Ronaldo Sarmiento, 60IB commanding officer primarily based at Sitio Tawinian, Brgy Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte on Sept. 20.

Capt. Mark Anthony Tito, the 10ID spokesperson, advised the Philippine Information Company (PNA) on Wednesday that three M16 rifles and one M653 rifle had been additionally turned over by the group.

In accordance with the surrenderers, they left the WGF 3, SRC 4, SMRC beneath the management of Alfie Olbis Trabado alias Coco/Cardo/Sulay in Loreto, Agusan del Sur final Sept. 16, on account of starvation, concern, and stress caused by the relentless targeted navy operations of the 60IB within the space.

The 60IB is at the moment facilitating a medical examination and coordinating with the Kapalong Municipal Police and the Municipal Social Welfare Improvement Workplace (MSWDO) for the correct disposition of the 2 minor surrenderers.

“The Intel operatives of 60IB is at the moment conducting custodial debriefing as their requirement for the enrollment to the Enhanced Native Integration Program (E-CLIP). The mentioned battalion additionally coordinated with the Philippine Nationwide Police counterparts for the submitting of applicable fees in opposition to the WGF 3 personalities for his or her recruitment of minors – a transparent violation beneath Violence In opposition to Ladies and Kids,” the 10ID added.

In the meantime, Maj. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., commander of the 10ID, lauded the troops for his or her accomplishment.

“With out firing a single bullet, we had been in a position to persuade our enemies to put down their arms and return to the folds of the legislation. Really, the developmental effort is among the contributors for a simply and lasting peace in our neighborhood,” he mentioned.

The Communist Social gathering of the Philippines – NPA is listed as a terrorist group by the US, the European Union, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

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