21-year-old NPA squad leader surrenders in Negros Occidental

by Chari Santos

Another dissatisfied member of the Terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered with his firearms to the troops of 16th Scout Ranger Company (16SRC) under 302nd Infantry (Achiever) Brigade at Barangay Carabalan, Himalayan City, Negros Occidental on Friday, January 08, 2021.

COL LEONARDO I PEÑA (MNSA) PA, Commander, 302nd Brigade identified the returnee as Jerryd Gargoles.
Gargoles is also known in the movement as SARGENT/ANGEL, 21 years of age and Team Leader of Squad 1, Regional Strike Force (RSF), Komiteng Rehiyon Negros-Cebu-Bohol-Siquijor (KR NCBS). The following items were likewise surrendered by aka ANGEL: One (1) COLT Caliber .45 pistol with SN: 981989; One (1) INTRATEC KG-9 caliber 9mm with SN: 012921; One (1) Magazine for Cal. 45 pistol loaded with seven (7) rounds ammunition; One (1) magazine for KG-9 loaded with twenty-one (21) rounds ammunition; and several subversive documents of essential value to determine the plans of the terrorist group in the area.
Col Peña warmly welcomed the returnee who apparently realized that his life in the communist movement will just go astray. He also encouraged the remaining members of the terrorist group to heed the government’s call for peace.
~Press release and photo courtesy of the 302nd Infantry “Achiever” Brigade

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