LEGAZPI CITY, July 10 -- At least 10 suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels operating in Masbate province surrendered over the weekend to officials of the Philippine Army (PA) 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB) in Milagros, Masbate, a report reaching the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol on Monday said.
The identities released by the military only include their aliases as their true names were still being reviewed and validated by the military intelligence units operating in the province, said Bicol PNP spokesperson Sr. Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib.
The suspected NPA surrenderees include: Ka Jack/Ruel, Ka Pito/Jan, Ka Nonoy, Ka Guiller, Ka Mars, Ka Porong/Obet, Ka Zandria/Gian, Ka Judy/Daniel, Ka Brix/Ros and Ka Gelly/Mara, all reported members of Larangan 1 Guerilla Front of the Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC).
The report said aside from their voluntary surrender, five of them also handed their firearms which include an M653 rifle, M16, 2 shotguns and a 38 cal. pistol.
The surrender of the 10 suspected NPA rebels was facilitated by joint elements of provincial Army-police intelligence operations, Civic Military Operation (CMO) and PNP public safety units.
Calubaquib said the surrenderees were undergoing debriefing procedures at the Army’s 2IB Headquarters in barangay (village) Bacolod, Milagros town in Masbate.(Mar Arguelles/PNA)