The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division expects demoralization among remaining members of the New People’s Army in Negros, following the surrender of 25 of their members operating in northern Negros, its commander, Maj. Gen. Dinoh Dolina, said yesterday.
The 25 ex-rebels, who are now undergoing debriefing at the 79th Infantry Battalion in Sagay City, also surrendered 27 firearms, and this entitled them to receive cash remuneration of from P50,000 to P500,000, depending on the firearms turned over to the authorities.
Dolina said that the surrender of the 25 NPA rebels will surely weaken the strength and armed capability of the communist terrorist organization in Negros island.
“It is also a strong indication of the continued downfall of the communist terrorist group,” he added, stressing that they are expecting the demise of the group very soon.
Dolina also reiterated his appeal for the remaining rebels, who are still fighting against the government, to abandon the armed struggle, and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government, for them to start a new and peaceful life.
Police Brig. Gen. John Bulalacao, regional police director of Western Visayas, and Col. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, attributed the surrender of 25 NPA members to of their ongoing efforts in localized peace talks.*
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