CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal — Eight NPA terrorists from Mindoro island surrendered two firearms to government forces after local peace negotiations, according to reports from field units that were received on Tuesday.

The mass surrender came after the military reported that the creation of a Local Peace Negotiating Panel was approved by Oriental Mindoro’s Provincial Peace and Order Council last week.

Brigadier General Antonio Lastimado, Commander of the 203rd Infantry Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over the island provinces, said that the six of the surrenders came from Oriental Mindoro who brought with them one Cal 30 M1 Carbine while two former rebels turned over a similar firearm to soldiers stationed in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

He attributed the continuing influx of surrenders to “RTF ELCAC MIMAROPA’s proactive stance in actively implementing PRRD’s call for a whole of nation approach in putting an end to insurgency that has been hampering our country’s growth and potentials.”

He ended his statement by expressing his optimism to the newly created local peace panel because “it will pave the way for better understanding between and among the conflicting parties which will eventually pave the way for lasting peace, prosperity and development” in the region.