3 NPA militants surrender, hand over firearms to Eastern Samar police

Three New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents have surrendered to police officers in Dolores, Eastern Samar, more than a month after an intense firefight in the town that killed 19 of them.

Lt. Col. Joy Leanza, company commander of the 1st Eastern Samar police mobile force company, said the rebels known as “Omel,” “Dondon,” and “Posong” arrived at their headquarters in Barangay Lunang on Sunday afternoon. They are all Dolores town residents.

They surrendered their firearms and ammunition, which included a .357-caliber pistol with three live ammunition, an improvised 5.56 single-shot handgun with one short magazine and seven live ammunition, and a .38-caliber pistol with four live ammunition.

They were members of the Front-3, sub-regional committee and the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee, both of which were active in the province.

“Through our relentless internal security operations and intensified police community relations endeavors that include information operation and outreach drives in the suburb barangays, our communist terrorist brothers and sisters are cautiously realizing that staying in the NPA organization do more harm than good to them and their families,” said Leanza.

At least 19 rebels were killed on August 16 when forces launched a raid on 50 rebels hiding in Barangay Osmeña.

Following the clash, soldiers collected 32 weapons.

The confrontation was regarded as one of the most successful government operations against the NPA.

The military employed its air assets as the insurgents planted anti-personnel mines near their stronghold, which was just around three kilometers from the community.

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