Two NPA members surrendered themselves along with their M14 and AK47 rifles to the 53rd Infantry Battalion in Zamboanga Del Sur on December 6.
They presented themselves to 53IB commander Lieutenant Colonel Virgilio C. Hamos Jr at 53IB Headquarters in Camp Sabido, Guipos.
The 1st Infantry Division said based on the interview conducted, the two rebels relented due to physical hardships, dissatisfaction on their organization’s policy and realized the futility of fighting with the government forces.
After proper documentation they will be turned over to government agencies for the facilitation of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP), a program for the former rebels which include social welfare, livelihood, and health.
“This is a manifestation that the NPA organization is losing their ground,” 1ID commander Brigadier General Roseller G. Murrill said. “Rest assured that the benefits will be facilitated by the CLIP committe for them to start and live a normal life they desire.”
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