A total of 9 NPA combatants have surrendered to Philippine Army’s 5th Special Forces Battalion in South Cotabato.
“Two members of Platoon Brigol of Guerilla Front Musa under Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR) yielded on Tuesday (August 11) at Sitio Suboy, Barangay Dlanag of T’Boli town. They brought along with them 2 caliber 7.62mm AK47 with magazines and ammunition,” Army 6th Infantry Division (6ID) said.
6ID added that on August 13, “another 7 former rebels voluntarily surrendered at Sitio Bayabas, Brgy Tasiman of Lake Sebu town. They also turned in 2 M16A1 Bushmaster rifles, 1 caliber .30 Garrand rifle, 1 caliber .22 pistol, 1 caliber .357 pistol, 1 hand grenade, magazines and ammunition.”
“The series of surrender under the jurisdiction of 5th SFBn is a clear manifestation that the campaign of National Task Force-Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) was an effective tool to address communist insurgency that lured the CNTs to return the government fold,” said Joint Task Force Central commander Major General Diosdado C. Carreon said.
The former NPA combatants are undergoing custodial debriefing while the turned over firearms were deposited at the battalion headquarters for safekeeping, 6ID said.