NPA rebel surrenders PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 October 2010 14:25

A member of the communist New People’s Army surrendered to the Army’s 35th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Daan Campo, Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte on October 21, 2010.

1Lt. Aldwin G. Cortez, commanding officer of the Alpha Company, 35th IB identified the rebel as Elmer T Bucog also known as Arnel, a member of an NPA medical team operating in the area.

Cortez said that the rebel returnee was recruited by Mercy Maghinay also known as Genevieve Maghinay , secretary of the movement operating in Barangay Durano, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte and was captured by military operatives in 2006.

Prior to the surrender of Elmer, operatives of the 35th IB diligently pursued the negotiation through cell phone call and text messages. His parents also played important role in Elmer’s surrender who pleaded him to surrender to clear his name and eventually live a normal life, Lt Cortez said.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Gamal S. Hayudini, group commander of the 4th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines, disclosed that the government’s program of reconciliation for rebel returnees continue.

A rebel returnee will benefit from this reconciliation program by receiving immediate assistance of P20,000 and livelihood assistance of P50, 000.

If the rebel returnee surrenders with firearms, he will also get benefits from the Balik Baril Program.

Different agencies of the government like the DSWD, DOLE, and TESDA are also involved in the training rebel returnees to develop their skills and make use of the livelihood assistance and become useful members of the society. 

Hayudini further said that year 2009 and middle of 2010, hundreds of communist rebel returnees have undergone skills development training and are successful in their endeavor.