A member of the New People’s Army’s (NPA) Militia ng Bayan (MB) freely surrendered and handed over his firearm to military authorities in Aurora on Saturday afternoon.
Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commanding officer of the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion (91IB), stated on Sunday that in Aurora this year, a total of 38 regular NPA combatants and 19 MB members have chosen to return to the fold of law.
The latest surrender, he said, was made possible by the efforts of the 91IB’s Bravo Company, the Dinalungan Municipal Police Station, and the Aurora Police Provincial Office’s 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company.
“Ka Orlan” (not his real name), 47, married, and a resident of Barangay Calaocan, Dipaculao, Aurora, surrendered and handed over his defaced to the military: .22 caliber pistol, four rounds of 40 millimeters explosive cartridge, one portable generator, one flashlight, acupuncture materials and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
Ka Orlan cited realization of the useless revolution and terrorist operations, starvation, and suffering as reasons for surrendering to the authorities, according to Rubio.
According to Rubio, Ka Orlan is eligible for a package of incentives under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), which includes P15,000 in immediate assistance, P50,000 in livelihood assistance, and firearm remuneration based on the type of surrendered firearm.
At Bravo Company headquarters, the surrenderer is undergoing a tactical interview and paperwork.
The United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines have all designated the NPA as a terrorist organization.