High-ranking NPA rebel surrenders

first_imgTubungan mayor Roquito Tacsagonpersonally facilitated the surrender of his “kasimanwa” with the assistance ofSenior Fire Officer 3 Russell Gotera of the Bureau of Fire Protection.  He said that he trusts the governmentand he is at ease that the local government will assist and help him.  Authorities facilitate the surrender of New People’s Army (NPA) member “Cardo” (3rd from left) at Camp Monteclaro, Barangay Igtuba, Miag-ao, Iloilo on Feb. 22. The surrenderee was under the NPA’s Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay, which operates in Tubungan, Iloilo. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Lieutenant Colonel JoelBenedict Batara, 61IB commanding officer, only identified the surrendereeas a certain “Cardo,” 49 years old, a resident of Tubungan and was a high-rankingofficer of NPA’s Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay. “But that accusations were absolutelyfalse and the terrorists were absolutely wrong,” Cardo added. ILOILO City – A high-ranking member ofthe New People’s Army from Tubungan, Iloilo voluntarily surrendered to the PhilippineArmy’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) yesterday at Camp Monteclaro, BarangayIgtuba, Miag-ao, Iloilo.center_img Realizing that this is for thebetterment of his life and his family, Alias Cardo surrendered himself to thegovernment.  He has doubts at first since he wasindoctrinated by his leaders in the movement that once he surrenders, the armywill torture him and that his life will be in great danger, he added.  Batara is grateful to the localgovernment unit’s (LGU) efforts together with the partner stakeholders in thisharmonious collaboration to help those members of the NPA terrorist tosurrender and have a normal life. The Army’s 61IB will assist Cardo to beenrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP). Hewill also receive assistance from LGU’s Project ROKIT./PNlast_img read more