CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – At least 18 members of Yunit Milisya of the New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion yesterday at around 11:00 a.m.
The rebels were led by Narding Sunap a.k.a Sulong. They belonged to Yumil members of Platoon My Phone of Guerilla Front 73 under the Far South Mindanao Region Command.
Sulong along with his 17 followers voluntarily surrendered and laid their arms to 2nd Lt. Dennis Gamos, Executive Officer of 33rd IB Alpha Company, at Sitio Lubunon, Brgy. Midtungok in Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat.
The returnees turned over six 12-gauge shotgun, 1 cal. 22 home-made rifle, 1 hand grenade, 1 home-made Uzi, 1 cal. 45 pistol, 1 cal 38 pistol, 4 home-made lite pistol, 3 home-made 12-gauge shotgun pistol, and various ammunitions.
Sulong said that they wanted to be cleared by the soldiers after being recruited as the first line of defense of the NPA group.
“Ka Makmak issued us weapons to defend ourselves in case the soldiers will enter our village. My main job is to raise crops in our communal farm,” he said.
If qualified, former guerillas will be
enrolled in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip) where they can receive cash and livelihood assistance from the government.
They will be formally presented to Senator Ninoy Aquino Mayor Randy Ecija Jr. on October 8, 2018.