Two days before Christmas, three members of an New People’s Army (NPA) unit operating in Davao Oriental finally surrendered to the government after years of operating as insurgents.
The former communists who go by the code names “Ramil,” “Dodong Ahos,” and “Rolex” yielded to the government through the Revitalized Police sa Barangay (RPSB) assigned at Barangay Maragatas in the municipality of Lupon.
Police Lieutenant Nadie Lambino and Police Lieutenant Joeffre Q. Narido under the Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office accompanied the former rebels to Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Vice-Chairman Ednar Dayanghirang on December 23.
Ramil, Dodong Ahos, and Rolex were operating for more than five years under Front 18 before they surrendered. But they started to lie low from the movement and settled in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
“Our former comrades told us that the government troops will kill us if we surrender,” said Ramil, adding that turned out to be propaganda proliferated by the NPAs.
“On top of it all, we want to live peacefully,” Dodong Ahos said. “We are no longer working for them (CPP-NPA) but we are still hiding. We no longer want to live in fear,” he added.
Their decision to return back to the fol