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5 NPA rebels yield in Maguindanao.

By Francis Wakefield

Five members of the New People's Army (NPA) laid down their arms and surrendered to the Army's 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion at Brgy. Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Tuesday.

The rebels, who surrendered to Lt. Col. Lauro Oliveros, the Commanding Officer of the 1st Mechanized Battalion, cited what they called the resentful system of the NPA "merely propagating lies to the T"boli community" in the town of South Cotabato, as the reason for their surrender.

The returnees who belonged to the platoon Samsung Guerrila Front 73 were identified as Sing O Maquil, 30; Daniel T. Fonok, 25; Panni L Sina, 18; Marvin S. Ginang, 30 and Taan M Ayunan, 30, all of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

The five said they were tired of hiding, having experienced hunger , hardship and dissatisfaction with the NPA ideology.

The surrenderees turned over two homemade Ingram and one homemade Uzi the military.

Major General Arnel DelaVega, Army 6th ID Commander, said their intensified efforts through combat operations and information dissemination against terrorist group with the support of all local chief executives and other stakeholders encouraged the rebels to surrender.

He assured the former rebels that they would receive the benefits of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).

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Title Annotation:Mindanao
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Jan 11, 2018
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