19 NPA rebels surrender in Bukidnon w/in 3 day span

19 NPA rebels surrender in Bukidnon w/in 3 day span

The ongoing military operation to quell insurgency across the country has yielded positive results.

Moreover, this has resulted to numerous surrenderees from the ranks of the Communist party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

As reported in the Philippine News Agency, five more persons who claims to be combatants of the NPA surrendered to the Army's 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB) in Bukidnon.

Five of the 19 communist rebels along with their firearms who surrendered to  the Army's 8th Infantry Battalion based in Bukidnon. (PNA)

They followed the earlier surrender of 14 communist rebels over the weekend, putting the total number of surrenderers within the 3 day span to 19.

All 19 rebels belong to the same group  the Sub-regional Committee 2 of the NPA's North Central Mindanao Regional Command who are identified as the ones who are  harassing residents in Cabanglasan town, Bukidnon.

The 19 communist rebels surrendered with their firearms, said  Lt. Colonel Ronald Illana, 8IB commanding officer.

The government’s full promotion of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip) by the Army Community Support Program Teams and the continuous military operations played major role in their surrender.

One of the 19 rebels, reveal that his main reason for surrendering is the government’s program for rebel returnees.
“I received information about the ECLIP, that it is a program of the government intended for us so I decided to yield as the others did," he was quoted in the dialect.

Illana said they are expecting "more NPA members to surrender as we intensify our combat operation and CSP (community support program) immersion. We will not allow them to rest until they choose to surrender".

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