CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao–The military in Sultan Kudarat conti-nued to win the hearts of communist rebels with more New Peoples Army (NPA) guerillas returning to the mainstream society.
Capt. Arvin John Enci-nas, Army’s 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the latest surrender of com-munist rebels took place Friday before officials of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Espe-ranza town in Sultan Ku-darat.
Encinas identified the four NPA rebels as Ongoy Galing aka Jeric, 23 years old, Sammy Galing, 51 years old, Archie Balaba-gan, 31 years old, and Ese Ginta, 49 years old who are residents of Barangay Marquez,
They belonged to the NPA Platoon My Phone of Guerrilla Front 73.
The rebel returnees turned over two Elisco rifles, 1 Bushmaster rifle, and 1 Garand rifle.
This week alone, a total of 10 communist rebels have surrendered to the military. Eight of whom yielded last November 2 and another two on November 6.
Since May, a total of 72 rebels from the Manobo Dulangan indigenous peoples community ope-rating in the Daguma ranges have rejoined the mainstream.
Encinas said the former rebels have decided to return to the folds of law because of the hardship they experienced in the mountains of Sultan Kuda-rat and the false promises of their communist leaders.
The surrender of the rebels was a joint effort of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (IB), 33rd IB and 38th IB. They were presented to Espe-ranza Mayor Helen Latog and Sultan Kudarat Gover-nor Pakung Mangudadatu, respectively.
As surrenderers, they are qualified to avail of the government’s Comprehen-sive Local Integration Program where they get livelihood assistance to restart a new life. PNA