The bounty offer for the neutralization of New People's Army “combatants” appears to be getting favorable responses from Negrenses.
Capt. Ruel Llanes, 303rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations officer, yesterday revealed that they have received numerous reportsabout sightings of armed communist rebels.
Llanes said the recent encounter in Brgy. Gatuslao,Candoni, with the group of rebels they have been pursuing for a month now, was among the many reports they received.
It was the SAF commandos who managed to catch up with rebels on Saturday, he added.
Concerned Negrenses are giving P100,000 for each NPA “combatant” in Negros neutralized, dead or alive,” Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division commander, disclosed earlier.
The NPA in Negros slammed the “bounty hunting” and the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Negros, claiming that it will further worsen human rights violations.
Lllanes however, said the bounty offer and that of President Rodrigo Duterte was a big help to them, in terms of information gathering.
Some of those who were texting uswere inquiring about the process for surrendering, he added. Maybe, they want to facilitate the surrender of their friends or relatives in the rebel movement, Llanes added.
We are now working it out, he also said.
The Leonardo Panaligan Command (LPC) of the New People's Army rejected the offer of jobs and housing by President Rodrigo Duterte, if they surrender.
Ka JB Regalado, LPC spokesperson, dismissed the offer of Duterte as plain and simple deception. He maintained that the NPA will not surrender.
Llanes raised the possibility that those encountered by SAF troopers may be among those who participated in the ambush-slay of six policemen and a civilian in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, on July 21.*GPB
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