Six more self-confessed members of the New People’s Army, including four in Negros, surrendered to infantry units of the 3rd Infantry Division in Negros and Panay, within the first two months of this year.
This brought to 50 the number of NPA members who had abandoned the armed struggle in Nergros and Panay since last year, Maj. Rey Tiongson, 3ID spokesman, yesterday said.
On March 6, a certain Sonny Boy Senda, alias Ka Raymund, who confessed being a member of Squad 3, Sentro De Grabidad platoon of the South East Front, surrendered to the 79th Infantry Battalion in Siaton, Negros Oriental, military records show.
Two days after, 79IB troopers and about 15 NPA members figured in about 15 minutes of running gunbattle in Brgy. Bahi-an, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.
Tiongson said an M16 armalite rifle with two magazines of ammunition, a back pack containing personal belongings and subversive documents, believed left behind by fleeing rebels, were recovered at the encounter site.
He said the return of several NPA members to mainstream society and abandonment of their 44 camps last years are indications of the waning revolutionary organization in the region.
Of the 44 NPA camps discovered by government troopers, Tiongson said 24 are in Negros and 20 in Panay.*GPB