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Army unit in Sorsogon receives surrender feelers from NPA members

Juban, Sorsogon (7 September) -- The arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison alias Armando Liwanag in the Netherlands on charges of ordering the killing of two former NPA commanders who surrendered to the government, is taking its toll to the underground movement in the country.

This was manifested by the mass surrender and feelers for surrender of several NPA members.

In Sorsogon, the Philippine Army 2nd Infantry Battalion has received surrender feelers from communist movement members who now have realized that they have only been used by their leaders who are living in the comfort of air-conditioned rooms, with Joma Sison as clear example.

Lt. Col. Rodrigo T. Gregorio, commanding officer of 2IB stationed at Bgy. Rangas this town considers this as a welcome development as he expressed hope that more NPA cadres will opt to go back to the mainstream and live a normal and productive life.

With this development Gregorio led his command in producing leaflets in Tagalog detailing four simple steps on the conduct of how rebels can go back to the folds of law and avail of amnesty benefits as well. In other development, the 2IB facilitated the transportation and distribution of 70 free wheel chairs to disabled persons in Sorsogon province. Gregorio said the wheel chair distribution program was sponsored by Free Wheel Chairs Organization, an international organization that caters the production of wheel chairs through the Operations Blessing Foundation headed by Dr. Kim Pascual of Makati City. According to project coordinator Jonathan Dogmante of Operations Blessing Foundation, there will be a second batch of recipients in Sorsogon province and probably it will be realized on the first week of November depending on how fast the supporting documents are complied with (RL Basibas, PA/PIA) [top]

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