Friday, October 21, 2011

NPA leader in Davao del Sur surrenders: military

MANILA, Philippines - The military today announced the surrender of a New People's Army (NPA) leader, who is allegedly claiming there is an ongoing leadership scuffle within their group in Davao del Sur.

1st Lt. Raul Villegas, spokesperson of the Philippine Army's 39th Infantry Battalion (IB), identified the rebel as Redante Lansi, a political and medical officer of the NPA based in the province.

Villegas said Lansi alias Ka Marco surrendered to Sta. Cruz town Mayor Joel Ray Lopez, who turned over the rebel to the 39th IB headquarters last Wednesday.

The Army spokesman said that according to Lansi, he surrendered because "there is an ongoing leadership debacle" and that he is in conflict with another NPA leader identified as Roberto Castillote, who wants to assume leadership of their group.

Villegas said that Lansi has also admitted that he was involved in the burning of a Holiday passenger bus last May 22. He said that according to Lansi, he and two other NPA members flagged down the bus in Barangay Astorga and burned the vehicle.

Villegas said that one Lansi's two companions, identified as Reminaldo Lumagalan has been arrested by a joint team of policemen and soldiers last September 27.

Lansi is currently under the protective custody of the 39th IB.

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