A member of the New People’s Army militia surrendered to government authorities last week in Panganiban town after a lengthy negotiation, the Catanduanes Police Provincial Office reported.
Panganiban police officer-in-charge Lt. Jose Brian Padre, along with officers of the Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU), Provincial Intelligence Team 6 of the Regional Intelligence Unit 5 (PIT6RIU5) and the Philippine Army’s Military Intelligence Company (MICO) handled the surrender of Ka Doy (not his real name) last July 22, 2022 at 1:30 PM.
The active supporter, informer and courier of the communist movement in the province gave up after being convinced by the authorities of the beneficial programs offered by the national government under Executive Order 70, which created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and directed the adoption of a national peace framework.
Ka Doy also turned over a Cal. 38 revolver with six bullets.
The Catanduanes police said in the report that he is now in good condition and under heavy security before undergoing processing pursuant to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
It stressed that his returning to the fold of the government is proof of the effective campaign of concerned agencies, including the PNP, to finally put an end to the insurgency in the province.
It expressed hope that more NPA guerillas and their supporters would be convinced to leave the movement and embrace a new life.
Recently, three former rebels received cash assistance under the E-CLIP.