2 high-ranking NPA leaders, 5 members surrender

Two high-ranking leaders and five members of the NPA laid down their weapons and surrendered to the 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (4ID), Philippine Army in Barangay Manalog, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, on March 9, 2021.

According to 4ID, the surrender came few days after President Rodrigo Duterte called on remaining CPP-NPA members to surrender.

They surrendered with 11 high-powered firearms composed of four M16 rifles, three AK47 rifles, two M653 rifles, one M230 grenade launcher, and one M14 rifle.

They were identified as Armando Daluniag alias Ambo/Satur/Pegan/Dario, Commanding Officer, Headquarters Force (HQF) Neo, Northern Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), and former Deputy Secretary of Guerilla Front 89 together with Roland Lagunday alias Ben, Squad Leader, Squad 2, Platoon 2, HQF Neo, NCMRC and five other members of the said group.

According to Daluniag, he surrendered because of unfulfilled promises of the movement and it did not do good to his family.

He is also calling on his active comrades to leave the armed group. “Dili mana tinuod nga i-torture ta kung munaog ta, kay sa karon gi-ayo man mi og entertain sa kasundalohan, wala man mi hilabti,” he said.

“We expect that more NPAs will follow their leaders by heading to the call of the President to return to the folds of the government. Parang magkakaroon ng domino effect yan kung makita ng mga kasamahan nila na nagsibabaan na yung mga ilang members of the group, it would definitely have an effect dun din sa moral nung naiiwan pa,” 4ID commander Major General Andres Centino said.

“The surrenderees are now under the custody of 403rd Brigade for debriefing. We will ensure that all the benefits mentioned by the President will be provided to them under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) to help them have a better future with their families,” Major General Centino added.