2 Sierra Madre NPA rebels surrender in Nueva Ecija

BALER, Aurora – Two members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to authorities following a series of operations conducted by the 1st Provincial Mobile Group Company of Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (PMFC-NEPPO) and the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion (91IB).

Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, acting commanding officer of 91IB, on Thursday said the two rebels yielded voluntarily to the government troops in Barangay Malinao, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija on Wednesday.

He identified the surrenderers only as alias Jex/Lei/Mali/Carding/Supremo, a youth organizer of the militant group Anakbayan, and Jerome, a medic and assistant gunner of Platoon Dos under Komiteng Larangang Guerrilla (KLG) Sierra Madre, an armed NPA front that operates in the said mountain range.

Rubio said the rebels realized that there is no chance for them to have a good future with their families while in the underground movement.

“The two rebels said that they (are) just used by the communist terrorist groups to recruit, organize and mobilize the different sectors against the government,” he said.

Rubio lauded the efforts of the military and police personnel for their hard work that resulted in the surrender.

“We will continue to remain steadfast in accomplishing our mission in partnership with the Philippine National Police, local government units and national government agencies to dismantle the KLG Sierra Madre,” he said.