113 NPA sup­port­ers re­nounce rebels‘

Panay News - - NA­TION -

BA­COLOD City – One- hun­dred thir­teen sym­pa­thiz­ers of the New Peo­ple’s Army ( NPA) in Hi­ma­may­lan City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal have re­nounced their sup­port to the revo­lu­tion­ary move­ment, ac­cord­ing to the Philip­pine Army.

The 303rd In­fantry Bri­gade based in Mur­cia, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal said two groups of rebel sup­port­ers took their oath of al­le­giance to the govern­ment last week.

The groups were com­posed of 27 in­di­vid­u­als from Barangay Ma­ha­lang and 86 from Barangay Bue­nav­ista – both in Hi­ma­may­lan – the Army added.

Colonel Al­berto De­soyo, com­man­der of the 303rd In­fantry Bri­gade, said he was grate­ful for the de­ci­sion of the former rebel sup­port­ers.

“The peo­ple are start­ing to re­al­ize the true ob­jec­tive of the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is to sow ter­ror and hin­der progress,” De­soyo added.

He urged par­ents to ad­vise their chil­dren to avoid NPA’s re­cruit­ment.

The former rebel sup­port­ers said they were “de­ceived” by the NPA by urg­ing them to form peo­ple’s or­ga­ni­za­tions and con­tribute revo­lu­tion­ary taxes, the Army said.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Eg­berto Da­coscos, com­man­der of the 62nd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion, lauded those who “stood up against the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion and their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Da­coscos was the one who fa­cil­i­tated the re­nounce­ment cer­e­mony of the rebel sup­port­ers.

He said the close co­or­di­na­tion among govern­ment agen­cies, lo­cal govern­ment units and the pub­lic led to the rebel sup­porter’s change of heart. (


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