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4 rebels surrender

May 22, 2020 - Friday 6:05 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY — Four members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered in Davao de Oro (DdO) as the COVID-19 takes its toll in the countryside.

71st Infantry Battalion (IB) Civil Military Operations head Lieutenant Kim Carlos said the four NPA members surrendered on May 16 due to “too much tiredness and hunger.”

Carlos said the four were members of the NPA’s Guerilla Front (GF) 2 operating within Davao Region.

He said the surrenderers have already gone home and reunited with their respective families after the custodial debriefing conducted by the soldiers.

Carlos said the four were recruited and eventually designated as Milisya ng Bayan, a local armed group, in Barangay Sangob, Maco, Davao de Oro.

He said the former rebels sought the help of their local officials for their surrender.

Carlos urged all remaining members of the NPA to return to the folds of the law in order to avail themselves of the livelihood and financial assistance from the government’s Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).