Four ranking New Peoples Army (NPA) members operating in Oriental Mindoro surrendered to the government last December 28, or two days after the Communist Party of the Philippines celebrated its 52nd founding anniversary.
“These series of surrenders across Southern Tagalog is a clear sign that the NPA is on the verge of irrecoverable defeat,” said 2nd Infantry Division Commander Major Gen Greg T. Almerol as he commended four NPA officers for abandoning terrorism and opting to live new lives.
The four NPA officers were members of the Mangyan tribe.
Members of Seventh-Day Adventist and Catholic Church assisted in the negotiation for the surrender of “Elsie” and “Justin,” an NPA squad commander and supply officer, respectively, in Barangay Benli, Bulalacao
Elsie and Justin were wounded during the September 14 encounter versus government forces in Sitio Taboy-Taboy where a female NPA member was killed.
Another NPA squad commander and supply officer respectively, Gilbert and Delia, surrendered in Barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay town.
Local government units are working closely with the military and police to expedite the processing of the grants and benefits to the surrenderees under the government’s holistic program to end the communist insurgency.
Since 2019, more than 700 terrorists have surrendered across Calabarzon and Mimaropa. SOVEREIGNPH