Student activist-turned-NPA surrenders to govt troops in Quezon

Student activist-turned-NPA surrenders to govt troops in Quezon

The recent declaration of the whole province of Quezon of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as persona non grata yielded its first positive result.
A New People’s Army (NPA) amazon whom human rights group Karapatan claimed to have been kidnapped by the Philippine Army, have surrendered to the authorities in General Luna town.

The 24-year-old student activist-turned-communist rebel, identified herself as Alexandria Padilla Pacalda alias “Cosette/Cris”, voluntarily turned herself in to combined Army and Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel,Lt. Col. Arnold L. Gasalatan, commanding officer of the Army’s 85th Infantry Brigade (85IB) said.
24-year-old Alexandria Padilla Pacalda alias “Cosette/Cris,” reunites with her family after abandoning the New People’s Army (NPA) communist terrorist group. (photo credit to PNA)

Gasalatan denied that Pacalda was abducted by government troops.
“There is no abduction here. We understand that she has been fed with stories of torture if she goes to the military or the police that is why we immediately sought for her immediate relatives upon learning of her surrender because we want her to feel safe,” Gasatalan said.

Pacalda was part of the Platoon Sol, Sub- Regional Military Area (SRMA) 4B, Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC).
During her surrender she also turned over her Smith and Wesson revolver (Serial Number 7288) with six live ammunition and other paraphernalia to government troops.
As per Pacalda’s father, Arnulfo, his daughter Alexa, the eldest of three siblings, graduated with a degree in Mass Communications. He said their family had no knowledge of her whereabouts until her surrender.
Pacalda was a student of Enverga University in Lucena City, Quezon where she was an active member of the Gabriela Youth and the College Editor’s Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) before joining the NPA.

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