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7 ex-rebels return to folds of law, turnover firearms and explosives

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Seven former members of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) voluntarily surrendered to police and handed over firearms and explosives on Tuesday (June 19) and Wednesday (June 20).

In Zambales, alias “Ka Neil”, a former member of Rebolusyunaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB)/former Platoon leader operating in the said province, pledged his allegiance back to the government side and surrendered one unit improvised Cal. 45 Rifle, one unit of 40mm Grenade Launcher ammunition, and explosive materials consisting of blasting cap with time fuse while alias “REYCO”, ex-member of Underground Mass Organization, surrendered to the authorities to clear his name and enrolled in Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

In Nueva Ecija, local police facilitated the voluntary surrender of “Ka Benny”, a former member of CTG as Vice Squad Leader under Arcadio Peralta Command who has been operating in different areas of Nueva Ecija in 1987-1991 and alias “Aga”, a former member of Underground Mass Movement (UGMO) of Manggang Marikit-Bagong Barrio-Yuzon (MAMBAYU). Aga also surrendered one Caliber .38 revolver (paltik) and two pieces of live ammunition.

In Aurora, two ex-rebels, alias “Jasmin” and alias “Benjo”, voluntarily surrendered themselves to Aurora police. “Jasmin”, a former fighter of Primera Larangan Sentral KLG Sierra Madre Aurora PCOM, handed over one Cal. 38 Revolver with four live ammunitions and two 40MM (explosives), two improvised dynamite, 350 ml gasoline, one box match, one lighter, one plastic triple 14 fertilizer, four-time fuse (4 cm), and one blasting cap. “Benjo”, a former member of UGMO Panlalawigang Alyansa Magsasaka ng Aurora (PAMANA), turned over one Cal. 38 Revolver without serial number with two live ammunitions and two 40MM ammo (explosives).

In Tarlac, “Ka Anton”, an ex-member of Militiang Bayan ng Lalawigan ng Tarlac, voluntarily surrendered himself to the local police.

“We are pleased to welcome our fellow Filipinos back to the government side and to their communities. These are the results of our continuous campaign to end local communist armed conflict in our country,” Brig. Gen. Jose S. Hidalgo Jr., PRO3 regional director said. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbin
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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