11 NPA rebels surrender due to ‘disillusionment’

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    ELEVEN communist New People’s Army rebels surrendered to the military in eastern Mindanao due to disillusionment, the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command reported yesterday.

    One of the rebels who surrendered was identified only as Tonton, a squad leader operating in the areas of Cotabato, Bukidnon and Davao City, according to Eastmincom spokesman Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey.

    “They surrendered due to disillusionment. They are disillusioned because many of their comrades have surrendered to us,” said Balagtey.

    Balagtey said Tonton, who is from the Manobo tribe, surrendered on Saturday morning in Barangay Perez in Kidapawan City in North Cotabato. Tonton brought with him an M16 rifle.

    Tonton initially surrendered to barangay officials who turned him over to the Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion.

    On Saturday afternoon, three more NPA rebels surrendered in Tandag City to the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion. They brought with them an M4 Bushmaster Carbine rifle.

    Balagtey named the three as only as Kakar, 34, a former squad leader; Elmo, 37, a former team leader; and Rosa, a former supply officer of the NPA group operating in Surigao del Sur.

    The seven others, all members of the NPA’s Militia ng Bayan, surrendered on Thursday last week in Barangay Nueva Visayas in Mawab town in Compostela Valley. They were identified only as Bebot, Olbot, Jojo, Tata, Jimmy, Bording, and Oning.

    The seven, along with those who surrendered in Kidapawan City and Tandag cities, are undergoing custodial debriefing and assessment, said Balagtey.