The Police Regional Office 6 is expecting more members of the New People’s Army in Western Visayas to return to the arms of the law and rejoin the mainstream society.
They see a future in government programs, said Brig. Gen. Rene Pamusmusan, regional police director of Western Visayas, following a series of surrenders of former rebels in Negros and Panay.
Eleven members of the Panay Island Regional Party Committee in Culasi, Antique, surrendered yesterday to the 61st Infantry Battalion and PRO 6.
The former rebels also surrendered two shotguns, a .45 caliber pistol, five rifle grenades, three fragmentation grenades and assorted ammunition, regional police spokesman Lt. Col. Gilbert Gorero said.
This was after several former NPA leaders in central and southern Negros also surrendered last month to the 62nd and 15th Infantry Battalions in Isabela and Hinobaan, respectively.
Pamuspusan, who presented the 11 former rebels to the media during a press conference at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City, said the government has many programs to be availed of by communist rebels who want to live peacefully with their respective families.*
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