COTABATO CITY – Four communist rebels have surrendered Wednesday to the Philippine Army in the southern province of Sultan Kudarat, officials said.
Officials said the rebels were members of the New People’s Army and have identified the four as Beboy Flag Mek, 24; Arjohn Dang Blagan, 23; Osing Samandal Kuyan, and Robert Pandat Balabagan, both 21 years old. They also surrendered three automatic rifles to the 57th and 33rd Infantry Battalions in the village of Titulok in Bagumbayan town.
Major General Dela Vega, commander of the 6th Infantry Division, said the surrender was the result of an effective collaboration between the military and civil authorities in addressing the social issues that lured the villagers, all members of an indigenous tribe, to join the NPA.
“We urge other rebels to peacefully surrender and start a new life with your family and loved ones, instead of fighting a senseless war,” he said.
The NPA has been fighting for many decades now for the establishment a separate state in the country. (With a report from Rhoderick Beñez)
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