10 alleged communist rebels surrender in Northern Samar – PNP
MANILA, Philippines — Ten alleged communist rebels have surrendered in Northern Samar, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported.
According to the PNP, the alleged rebels surrendered to members of the Northern Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company, Northern Samar Police Provincial Office, and other operatives in Barangay Magsaysay, Lope de Vega town earlier Friday.
It also said that police seized from the surrenderees the following firearms:
- One caliber .30 Garand rifle with defaced serial number;
- One caliber .45 pistol with one magazine;
- One caliber 5.56mm M16A1 rifle with three short magazines;
- One caliber .45 pistol COLT-1911A1;
- One caliber .22 pistol; and
- One caliber .45 pistol with defaced markings and serial number
“These rebel returnees were identified to be members of Squad 2, Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) Platoon, FC-2 Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) EMPORIUM,” PNP-officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Vicente Danao Jr said in a statement Friday.
“They were brought to 43rd IB, 8ID, PA while surrendered firearms are now under the custody of Northern Samar PPO Supply for proper disposition,” he added.
The PNP reiterated that it supports the government’s anti-insurgency program through the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
“We welcome the gesture of peace and goodwill of our surrendered, and we assure them that we are here to help them rebuild their future as they reintegrate [into] the mainstream of society,” Danao said. – Nicole Faye Agcaoili, INQUIRER.net intern