Two sympathizers of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) have surrendered to police in Dumarao, Capiz, as part of the government’s campaign to end local communist armed struggle.
The surrenderers, both residents of Barangay Bungsuan in Dumarao, surrendered themselves at the Dumarao Municipal Police Station on July 7, 2021, according to Col. Joem Malong, a representative for the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6).
“Ka Fidel,” 66, and “Ka Kano,” 31, decided to surrender to show that they no longer support the rebel organization.
According to Malong, Ka Fidel was an ardent supporter of the CPP-NPA until November 17, 2017, when he became inactive. In Roxas City, he used to be a leader and speaker at every mass gathering.
He was also the chair of the Kahublagan ng mga Mangunguma sa Capiz and was on the list of periodic status reports on a danger group known as the Regional White Area Committee (RWAC) (Kamaca).
“After 29 years, Ka Fidel decided to disband the group to live a normal and fearless life. This motivated him to surrender to the government and also to clear his name,” Malong said.
When revolutionary taxes were being collected, Ka Kano, on the other hand, functioned as security. He departed the movement in 2012, after only a year.
Two pistolized single-shot handmade shotguns with no markings, three shotgun ammunition, and one 40mm grenade launcher projectile were also turned up.
They will be profiled and validated, according to Malong, in order to be eligible for benefits under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Interrogation Program (E-CLIP).
The Provincial Intelligence Unit and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stationed in the area, as well as barangay authorities, were instrumental in persuading CPP-NPA supporters and members to return to the government’s fold, according to the spokesperson.
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines have all designated the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization.