According to the Philippine Army on Monday, village leaders in Sogod town, Southern Leyte, were instrumental in the recent surrender of four members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
The Barangay Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in San Francisco Mabuhay village, according to the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade, persuaded the four NPA couriers to entirely reject communist doctrine on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
The four surrenderers were given the aliases “Correano,” “Mark,” “Roger,” and “Bebot” by the military.
They were charged with gathering and transporting food and supplies for NPA forces on the island of Leyte.
“They admitted that the NPA terrorists agitated, organized, and mobilized them using the issue on low prices of abaca, copra, and other agricultural products amid rising costs of basic commodities,” the Army said in a statement on Monday.
After witnessing how the NPA abandoned combatants killed in fighting, San Francisco Mabuhay village chief Reynaldo Aguillon assisted the four rebels’ formal surrender.
He also observed how the local authority ensured that deceased rebels who were inhabitants in their community were properly buried.
“I’m expressing my sincere appreciation to the local task force of San Francisco Mabuhay and profound thanks to the former couriers of NPA for returning back to the fold of the law,” 802nd Infantry Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Zosimo Oliveros said.
Their capitulation came two days after 18 NPA rebels on the run in Ormoc City surrendered to local officials, effectively ending the communist terrorist group’s aspirations to reclaim their previous strongholds.
Oliveros has requested the surviving NPA members to surrender since the public no longer believes in their futile and pointless struggle.
The Communist Party of the Philippines, NPA, and National Democratic Front have all been recognized as terrorist organizations by the Philippines’ Anti-Terrorism Council.
The CPP-NPA has also been designated as a terrorist organization by the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.