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9 communist rebels surrender to Army in Albay

Legazpi City (23 September) -- Fed up with a decade's long arms struggle at least nine New People's Army (NPA) rebels operating in Albay voluntarily surrendered to military authorities on Friday (September 17), a military official said.

Lt. Col. John Oberio, commander of the 2nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in Albay, said that rebels that are members of the Barangay Revolutionary Committee of the communist movement turned themselves in at around 10:00am Friday in his headquarters in Ligao City.

Oberio identified the surrenderees as Margie Bayle alias Cheryl, Marilon Orido alias Lay, Joe Morada alais. Boy, Santos Alcadeza alias Karantog, Edralyn Sodsod alias Chie, Nicanor Lambo alias Bugoy, Rolando Almojuela alias Joy, Homer Espana alias Lito and Jose Lupera alias Juan.

Oberio said the surrederees told him that they have realized that their fight against the government was an exercise in futility.

The former rebels have already undergone custodial debriefing by soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Battalion in Ligao City.

The civil-military operations (CMO) efforts initiated by the Army have remarkably led to the surrender of a big number of NPA rebels in various part of Bicol.

He said tactical offensives had been intensified due to the rising number of tipsters who pinpointed the locations of NPA rebels and its hideouts.

"It is now easier to find and capture these rebels with the valuable help provided by the local residents themselves," Oberio added.

Recently, a series of brief firefights occurred in Albay that led to the killing of several NPA rebels and the capture of a ranking communist leader identified as a certain Alvin Orpiada.

The invaluable information provided by the civilian was attributed to the success of the military operations.

During his field visit to Army camps in Bicol on Wednesday (Sept. 15), Major General Arturo Ortiz, the Army Chief, awarded combat medals to soldiers who figured in the successful encounters against the bandit rebels in Albay. (PNA Bicol/PIA/mal) [top]

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