The news of the surrender of 25 New People’s Army members at the Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, on Saturday is not true, Ka Juanito Magbanua, NPA Negros spokesperson, claimed.
Magbanua said those who supposedly yielded to the authorities were not real rebels. “They are just ordinary civilians or members of Revolutionary Proletarian Army (RPA) used by the Army,” he said.
He claimed the surrender of the so-called rebels was a ploy by the state forces to deceive the public and discredit the revolutionary movement. “It’s part of their black propaganda and money-making scheme,” he said.
He stressed that no rebels in the province have surrendered to the authorities, adding that the five guerrilla fronts of the NPA in the province remained strong and on a tactical offensive mode.
The Army earlier said that 25 rebels operating in Murcia, Don Salvador Benedicto and San Carlos yielded to the authorities with their firearms, and also took their oath of allegiance.
Lt. Col. Emelito Thaddeus Logan, 79th IB commanding officer, said village officials were instrumental in urging the rebels to give up insurgency.
Government officials continue to call on the rebels to return to the fold of the law.*
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