CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal – An NPA militia operating in the areas of Quezon surrendered an M16 rifle, two magazines and ammunitions to government security forces in Brgy Sta Ines, Tanay, Rizal on Tuesday, November 24.
This progress came after the government forces responded through relief and other post-disaster operations after the onslaught of Typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses benefitting a total of 200 families in the said brgy.
MGen Greg T Almerol, Commander 2ID praised the bravery of the former rebel in surrendering the firearm, taking up the fight against the NPA’s futile armed struggle.
The military identified the former rebel as alias Ben from Brgy Lumutan in General Nakar, Quezon. During an interview, Alias Ben claimed the rifle and magazines were entrusted to him by alias Luis, an NPA personality operating in the hinterlands of Quezon for safekeeping.
Ben decided to turn over the rifle when he realized that the NPAs continuously failed to provide support for his family.
“Soldiers were the ones who were there when we needed them,” Ben added. Meanwhile, Almerol commended the soldier’s rapid disaster response to the areas devastated by the typhoons.
“Your soldiers will always be one with you in times of catastrophe. You can always count on us,” he said.
The 2ID is very vocal in its call for the remaining NPA terrorists to lay down their arms, surrender, and avail as much as PhP 700,000.00 worth of E-CLIP grants, which will help in their reintegration to mainstream society.