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10 former rebels return to government side, surrender firearms and explosives

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Thru the unwavering efforts of the PNP to support RTF-ELCAC, a significant display of reconciliation and commitment to peace was once again demonstrated as ten former members of leftist groups voluntarily submitted themselves to the police, pledging their allegiance back to the government.

Over the past week, from July 24 to July 30, these ex-rebels surrendered their firearms and explosives, taking a decisive step towards a more peaceful and progressive future.

In Tarlac, two former ANAKPAWIS members, known by their aliases “Cilong” and “Lanting”, withdrew their support from their group, operating in Moncada, Tarlac. They signified their allegiance to the government and turned over one Rifle-Propelled Grenade to the police.

In another instance, an ex-red fighter, identified as “Ka Mike,” belonging to the KLG-TARZAM operating in Tarlac and Zambales, surrendered to the authorities. He handed over one homemade caliber 38 revolver, one Rifle-Propelled Grenade (RPG), two meters of firing wire with a blasting cap, 10 inches of commercial time fuse, and one 9-volt battery power source on July 28.

Similarly, former members of Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG) from Narciso Antazo Aramil (3) Command and Eduardo Dagli Command (1) in Bulacan voluntarily turned themselves into the police. They surrendered one Cal .45 pistol (without serial number) with a magazine loaded with three live ammunition, a hand grenade, and a Rifle Grenade with a bullet trap on July 28.

The Regional Mobile Force Battalion 3 also facilitated the withdrawal of support of alias “Opring” from his group, Militiang Bayan, in San Jose, Tarlac, on July 26, 2023.

Furthermore, in Bataan, two former members withdrew their support from ANAKPAWIS and pledged allegiance back to the government on July 24, 2023.

“We warmly welcome our fellow Filipinos back to our side and reunited with their families. The police and other government agencies will gladly assist them in their reintegration into their communities,” said Brig. Gen. Jose S. Hidalgo Jr., PRO3 Regional Director. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
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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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