Two new members of the New People’s Army surrendered on Tuesday following the unit’s recovery of 22 high-powered firearms in Paquibato District and Calinan last April 29.
Col. Nolasco Mempin, the commander of 1003rd Infantry Brigade, identified them as alias Jaguar, 38, of Kitaotao Bukidnon, and alias Sabaka, 42, from San Fernando, Bukidnon. Both were members of the Guerrilla Front 55, under the Front Committee 5 of Southern Mindanao Regional Command operating in Bukidnon.
Mempin said both approached the troops of the 89th Infantry Battalion in Kitaotao of same province.
He said the former rebels surrendered one M16 rifle with one magazine and 30 rounds ammunition; one modified M16 with 59 rounds ammunition; one homemade 5.56mm single-shooter pistol with six rounds ammunition; homemade Ingram; one 12-gauge shotgun; one .357 caliber revolver with five rounds ammunition; one 14-kilogram improvised explosives device; one blasting cap; 30-meter electrical wire; one Samsung cellular phone with charger and headset, and a powerbank.
They are now under the custody of the 89th Infantry Battalion for custodial debriefing. They will also be enrolled in the government’s Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program.
“We have extended our arms time and again to them and we are more than glad it is working,” Mempin said. “Let the government show its true side to them in the fullest sense.”