Friday, June 13, 2014

Rebels Surrender to AFP in Davao Oriental

From the Website of AFP

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – A New People’s Army (NPA) leader and one of his members surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the local government of Mati City in Davao Oriental, bringing along high-powered firearms.

Joseph Alpas also known as ‘Roland’ is the team leader of the Abe Squad 4 of the NPA’s Pulang Bagani Company 3. He and his team member, Rogelio M. Garapan alias ‘Ganie’ voluntarily surrendered on Monday to Mati City Vice Mayor Glenda Rabat Gayta, 701st Brigade Commander, Colonel Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., and Police Senior Superintendent Jose C. Carumba.

They brought along with them one M14 rifle and an M4 rifle with 10 magazines and an anti-personnel landmine.

The rebel returnees are now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Davao Oriental Halfway House – a processing center for former rebels.

The surrendered firearms and improvised landmine on the other hand, are now at the 701st Brigade headquarters for processing under the government’s Guns for Peace program.
Just last week, a total of 54 NPA rebels under Embay Casal Gayaw, a.k.a. Rixan, leader of FC 34 operating in the boundaries of Agusan, Bukidnon, and Davao provinces, surrendered with 53 assorted firearms to the 403rd Infantry Brigade at Impalambong, Malaybalay City.
The increasing number of NPAs surrendering to the government fold is attributed to the group’s weakened leadership following the arrest of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon last March.
The AFP reiterates its call to the NPAs who continue to engage in criminal activities to surrender and totally abandon the armed struggle. In this way, more innocent civilians will be spared from their crimes which hamper growth and development in our country. 

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