Sat. Jan 16th, 2021
An APC Tank place to secure the area and to prevent the tension while the residence cast thier vote at Dalican Pilot Elementary School in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Seven combatants of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to the military in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Sunday, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) said on Monday.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, 6ID commander, said the communist guerillas decided to yield after experiencing hardship in the mountains due to persistent military pursuit operations.

“They could not withstand the pressure of being always on the run,” Uy told reporters here.

Four of the surrenderers were identified as Bryan Berallo Bransuela and Julito Blag, both of Barangay Kuden, Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat; and Joseph Manguda and Justie Mayao, both of Sitio Tudi, Barangay Legodon, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.

The three other surrenderers were identified as Joselito Kantem, and Bebeng Dimaog, both of Barangay Lagubang, Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat; and Daniel Policia, of Barangay Midtungok of the same municipality were members of the Larangan Guerilla Unit 3.

They handed over one M-14 rifle, Garand rifle, M1 Carbine rifle, two M1 Carbine sniper rifles, Garand rifle, a .45-caliber pistol, and .357-magnum revolver.

“We just got tired from being hunted by military troops and decided to give up just to be with our families again,” Bransuela, a former NPA team leader, said.

Uy, for his part, said that NPAs who wish to return to the mainstream society are always welcome to come down from the mountains to be with their families once more. SOVEREIGNPH

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