NPA rebel surrenders in Ilocos Sur

Another New People’s Army (NPA) insurgent surrendered to local police on Friday in Barangay Rosario, Cervantes, Ilocos Sur.

The surrenderer was identified as “Ka Mike/Steward”, 36, of Sitio Cabaroan, Barangay Concepcion, Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, according to Police Brig. Gen. Emmanuel B. Peralta, Regional Director of the Police Region Office 1.

“Ka Mike” was a former squad leader of the Ilocos-Cordillera Committee’s Larangang Medina, Platun Uno (ICRC).

The surrenderer also handed over an M16 A1 Cal 5.56 mm rifle with a defaced serial number, two short magazines, 17 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition, a rifle grenade, and an MK2 fragmentation hand grenade, according to the police report.

“Ka Mike” was brought to RMFB1 headquarters in Parian, San Fernando City, La Union, with the help of the 102nd Maneuver Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 (RMFB1), led by Police Col. Roel R. Sermese, Force Commander, for debriefing and document processing in preparation for his enrolment in the national government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

“This is a testament that our strong anti-terrorism efforts are really paying off. I encourage our police personnel to continue exerting efforts to support the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC), so we can encourage more rebels to withdraw their support and allegiance to the NPA and return to the folds of the government,” Peralta said in a statement on Friday.

The NTF ELCAC is a whole-of-nation method that the Duterte administration is employing to combat the country’s more than 50-year insurgency problem.

Former rebels and their families receive financial aid, shelter, education, skills training, healthcare, and legal support under this initiative, which is run by a coalition of national and local government organizations.

Apart from temporary housing, each rebel returnee is eligible for PHP15,000 in urgent support, PHP21,000 in reintegration help, and PHP50,000 in livelihood assistance, among other things.

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