119 NPA rebels, sup­port­ers sur­ren­der in Zambo Sur

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – Roel Pareño, Ray­mund Catindig, Gilbert Bay­oran

ZAMBOANGA CITY – At least 14 New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) rebels and 105 of their sup­port­ers sur­ren­dered in Zamboanga del Sur on Fri­day.

Capt. Clint An­tipala, act­ing pub­lic af­fairs chief of the Army’s First Divi­sion, said the sur­ren­derees were pre­sented to the mil­i­tary in Bayog town on Fri­day.

An­tipala said the rebel re­turnees also turned over 127 as­sorted firearms to Lt. Col. Jonathan Obena, 44th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion com­man­der.

The sur­ren­derees later joined a rally led by mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions to de­nounce the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by com­mu­nist rebels.

Col. Bag­nus Gaer­lan, 102nd Army Bri­gade chief, said they would work with con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies and other stake­hold­ers to in­clude the sur­ren­derees in the En­hanced Com­pre­hen­sive Lo­cal In­te­gra­tion pro­gram for rebel re­turnees.

As this de­vel­oped, sus­pected NPA rebels burned sev­eral trac­tors in a su­gar­cane plan­ta­tion in Barangay Babaran, Ech­ague, Is­abela.

The farm ma­chiner­ies were owned by Eco­fuel Co., the op­er­a­tor of a bioethanol plant in San Mar­i­ano town, re­ports reach­ing the of­fice of Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Rom­mel Rum­baoa, Is­abela po­lice act­ing di­rec­tor, showed.

In Ne­gros Ori­en­tal, the NPA’s Leonardo Panali­gan com­mand claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mur­der of Cpl. Rex Der­ra­mas in Barangay Trinidad, Guil­hul­ngan last Sun­day.

The rebels said Der­ra­mas was in­volved in rob­beries and il­le­gal gam­bling in the city.

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