We have momentum in campaign against NPA in Panay – Army

first_imgHe added other rebels are also under negotiation. Authorities only identified the surrenderers as Michael, 25, Lanie, 21,and Maribel, 19 – residents of Tubungan who decided to give up the life in themountains of Iloilo’s 1st District under the NPA Southern Front Committee.              “We have the momentum to end armed struggle. They can run but theycannot hide for a long time that’s why some of them surrendered,” said Barata. “The rebels can run but they cannot forever hide that’s why some of them are opting to surrender,” says Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Malaki ang impact ng kanilang pag-surrender. It only showsthat many rebels are dismayed kasi hindinatutupad ang promises nila,” saidPhilippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel JoelBenedict Batara. ILOILO – The recent surrender of three rebels in Tubungan town wouldhave a “big impact” in the government’s campaign to end the armed struggle,according to the Philippine Army. Three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the localgovernment of Tubungan, Iloilo and to the Armed Forces of the Philippines onDec. 26, ironically the 51st anniversary of the Communist Party of thePhilippines (CPP). “We have been negotiating with them since November and we gave themenough time to think until they finally decided to surrender through Mayor Tacsagon.They did the right decision to go back to their family. They are now in a safearea for further interrogation,” Batara said. They surrendered after a month of negotiations with Mayor RoquitoTacsagon and the 61st Infantry Battalion. The NPA is the armed wing of the CPP. Maribel said she was recruited at the age of 16. She was promisedmoney, firearms and food. He predicted the eventual demise of the rebel movement. “Grabe ang promises ng mga rebelde sa kanila at lahat ng ‘yon ay hindi natupad. Instead theysuffered hunger. They are already tired of hiding. Besides wala rin silang pera na ipapadala sa pamilya nila as what therebels had promised,” Batara said./PNlast_img

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