Sampung miyembro ng ‘Militia ng Bayan’ ng New People’s Army (NPA) ang sumuko sa bayan ng Sallapadan, Abra, ayon sa Abra Provincial Police Office (APPO) noong Miyerkoles.
Ayon sa APPO, ang mga sumukong rebelde ay tinanggap ng Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-Cor) at Sallapadan Mayor Grande Cardenas.
Sinabi ni PRO-Cor deputy regional director for administration Brig. Gen. Ulysses Gohel ang mga sumukong rebelde ay babalik sa normal na pamumuhay sa tulong ng national government.
“Hopefully, they will be the initial number of surrenderees that have abide by the call of our President Rodrigo Duterte for the rebels wanting to go back to society to undergo with the whole of nation approach under Executive Order number 70. One of the approaches that we have instituted is to convince them to surrender to government through the local government unit (LGU) which Sallapadan did guided by our Municipal and Provincial Police Offices,” ani APPO director Colonel Alfredo Dangani.
Ayon kay Dangani, isinuko din ng mga miyembro ng mga rebelde ang iba’t ibang klase ng baril gaya ng grenade, rifle, explosive devices at M203 ammunition.
Dagdag pa ni Dangani, ang mga sumukong Militia ng Bayan ay maaalis na sa order of battle at posibleng makakatanggap ng Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) na kung saan puwede silang kumuha ng livelihood, medical, education, housing at legal assistance mula na gobyerno.
“Those PNP members who have relatives associated with the Militia ng Bayan were the once who actually convinced them to surrender. We will make it a point to process their documents so that they can received local assistance aside from what the national government provides to rebel returnees,” ani Dangani.
“Together with the AFP, there are still areas affected by insurgency particularly Tubo, Laccub and Malibcong but we believe that we are gaining ground because of this surrender. Our police force have launched the ‘Kabataan Laban sa Droga’ which seeks to stop the children to not only be involved in drugs but terrorist activities as well, we will also be organizing this program in schools so that we can prevent them from being recruited by the communist terrorists ,” dagdag pa ni Dangani. (