Abra NPA sur­ren­ders

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Sun•Star Baguio Jonathan Llanes

FRUS­TRATED with the lead­er­ship of the Kilu­sang Larangang Ger­ilya group and in fear for his life, a mem­ber of the New Peo­ple's Army de­cided to sur­ren­der to gov­ern­ment forces at Pobla­cion Gan­gal, Sal­la­padan in Abra.

Lowel Carmelo Maglia, 22 years old, sin­gle, mem­ber of the KLG North Abra and a res­i­dent of Brgy. Udu­diao, Sal­la­padan, Abra vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered with­out firearms to Mayor Nenita Mustard Car­de­nas of Sal­la­padan in the pres­ence of joint el­e­ments of PROCOR and 73rd DRC at Sadag Pa­trol base, Si­tio Sadag, Brgy Maguyepyep, Sal­lad­pan, Abra.

Maglia said "Their group op­er­ates in the prov­ince of Abra and may be re­spon­si­ble in the se­ries of at­tacks and ha­rass­ments which hap­pened in Abra and nearby prov­inces".

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hard­ship within the or­ga­ni­za­tion, Maglia fi­nally de­cided to sur­ren­der to the gov­ern­ment and avail of the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by gov­ern­ment to for­mer NPA rebels.

The sur­ren­der of NPA mem­bers over the past months is a re­sult of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice and the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines cam­paign to rid so­ci­ety or rebel groups, aside from con­vinc­ing mem­bers to re­turn to folds of the law.

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