DILG: 50 NPA rebels, 100 ASG members surrender
MANILA, Philippines — Some 50 rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Cagayan de Oro and 100 Abu Sayyaf group members recently surrendered to the government, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr. said Friday.
In a Palace briefing, Abalos said the 50 NPA rebels surrendered on Wednesday, August 3. Their weapons were also surrendered and destroyed by the authorities.
“These are rebel returnees, and this is because of our program, the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program,” he said.
Meanwhile, 100 members of the Abu Sayyaf group in Jolo, Sulu, surrendered on July 30, Abalos said.
“I think this is the largest or biggest number of Abu Sayyaf who surrendered so far, 100 of them, and even the firearms, kumpleto sa firearms ‘yan,” he said.
Abalos said basic needs would be provided to them by the government.
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