Wednesday, March 28, 2012

45 rebels yield on eve of NPA anniversary

MANILA, Philippines - Forty-five members of the New People's Army have surrendered to the military in Bukidnon days ahead of the 43rd anniversary of the NPA, an Army official said.

Col. Romeo Gapuz, brigade commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, said the 45 rebels were led by Rene Dal-anay, 27, also known as Ka Taruc. They will be formally turned over on March 29, on the actual anniversary of the NPA.

Gapuz said the surrenderees are remmants of the Guerilla Front 6, who also turned over assorted firearms that they used while operating in San Fernando town.

"We would like to show to the communist armed group that there is an existing road to peace and prosperity that is built through bayanihan. The soldiers are always willing to support the local government of Bukidnon attain lasting peace by convincing the rest of the NPA rebels to follow the examples of their enlightened comrades," Gapuz said.

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