Three former communist rebels surrendered four firearms and three explosives to the 62nd Infantry Battalion in Brgy. Libas, Isabela, Negros Occidental.
Maj. Michael Victoria, 62IB Executive Officer, yesterday said the three disgruntled former New People's Army rebels surrendered an M-1 carbine rifle, an improvised M-16 rifle, a garand rifle , a 12 gauge shotgun, two rifle grenades and a fragmentation grenade.
The surrendered firearms and explosives were endorsed yesterday by the 62IB to Carmelo Orbista, provincial director of the Department of Interior and Local Government, so the former rebels could avail of cash assistance from the national government, in exchange for the firearms they had surrendered, in the presence of PCol. Romeo Baleros, provincial police director of Negros Occidental.
Victoria said many other NPA rebels in the 4th and 5th districts of Negros Occidental, are also planning to abandon the armed struggle, based on the surrender feelers they have received.
Orbista said the rebels will also avail of several benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the DILG, aside from cash they will receive, in exchange for firearms the will surrender.
Last month, 25 former rebels also surrendered 27 high-powered firearms to the 79th Infantry Battalion in Sagay City.
Orbista also said that DILG will provide P21,000 each as re-integration assistance to former rebels, to be given to the concerned Army or police unit where they surrendered, for their food and other basic personal needs.
He added that they are now processing the papers of seven of the 25 former rebels, who surrendered to the 79IB, for their inclusion in the government E-CLIP program.
But Orbista said they have yet to be updated on the status of the surrendered firearms.
Baleros said the 27 surrendered guns should be turned over to the PNP Regional Civil Security Unit 6 for documentation, before former rebels can be given the amount corresponding to the firearms they had surrendered.*
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