self-confessed New People’s Army commander yesterday gave himself up to
the Philippine Army, and surrendered high-powered firearms with
ammunition, amidst the health crisis brought about by the COVID-19
pandemic in Negros Island.
The surrender of Jonel Moreno, alias Ka Roy, a full time
Communist Party of the Philippines member and commander of a local
guerilla unit of the Central Negros Front, was jointly facilitated by
the 62nd and 94th Infantry Battalions, said Maj. Franco Ver Lopez,
Civil Military Operations officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade.
Moreno also surrendered an M-16 armalite rifle with a
magazine containing ammunition, a .45 caliber pistol with two magazines
containing ammunition, and an ICOM hand-held radio with accessories.
Lopez said that Moreno decided to leave the NPA
terrorist group because of hunger, continuous hardships, and false
promises by leaders of the local terrorist group.
He added that the surrendered rebel leader revealed the
link of a certain local government official to the CPP-NPA, and who
had assisted in the transport of logistics and ranking rebel
However, Lopez declined to identify the local government official, pending validation of the allegation.
Moreno is now undergoing custodial and stress debriefing
at the 62IB, prior to his enrolment in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local
Integration Program (E-CLIP), for him to avail of immediate welfare and
livelihood assistance and incentives for the surrendered firearms.
Lt Col. Melvin Flores, 62IB commander, said that the
"the surrender of Jonel Moreno adds-up to the increasing number of New
People’s Army and Militia ng Bayan who finally woke-up from the
deceptions of the CPP-NPA-NDF and decided to come out for good and
avail the amnesty program of the government."
Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade
commander, reiterated his call for the remaining NPA members in Negros
to abandon the armed struggle and avail of the government E-CLIP
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