2 NPA lead­ers sur­ren­der

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TWO high-rank­ing lead­ers of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) of Guerilla Front 51, South­ern Min­danao Re­gional Com­mit­tee (SMRC) sur­ren­dered yesterday morn­ing.

Their sur­ren­der was the re­sult of the mil­i­tary unit’s in­ten­si­fied fo­cused mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against the ter­ror­ist group and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

In a state­ment, 10th In­fantry Di­vi­sion (ID) said the NPA lead­ers’ sur­ren­der to the 73rd In­fantry (Neu­tral­izer) Bat­tal­ion was a great way to wel­come the year.

They were iden­ti­fied as Randy N. Atong alias Andikon, Fi­nance and Lo­gis­tics Of­fi­cer of An­doy and Basil Pla­toons, and Re­nie C. Atenza alias Ryan, Team Leader of First Squad, Basil Pla­toon and of GF51 SMRC.

“The for­mer ter­ror­ists said that they were al­ready tired of fight­ing against the gov­ern­ment forces cou­pled with the ex­pe­ri­ence of star­va­tion caused by the dwin­dling sup­port from the masses hence they de­cided to re­turn to the folds of the law,” the state­ment said.

It added that the two for­mer rebels sur­ren-

dered un­armed but dur­ing the course of ini­tial de­brief­ing, they re­vealed that they hid their three high pow­ered firearms com­posed of one M14 Ri­fle and one M16 Ri­fle at­tached with M203 Grenade Launcher some­where in Barangay Sibu­lan, To­ril District, Davao City.

The Al­pha Com­pany of the 73rd IB im­me­di­ately or­ga­nized a team to re­trieve the firearms and pos­i­tively re­cov­ered th­ese at around 8:40 a.m. of the same day.

The 73rd IB noted that in De­cem­ber 2017, eight NPA mem­bers be­long­ing to GF71, FSMR like­wise sur­ren­dered bring­ing along with them two high-pow­ered firearms.

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