A commanding officer of the New People’s Army along with five of his men surrendered to the 75th Infantry Battalion on January 29, 2018 in Surigao del Sur, because they were tired of corruption within their ranks.
“They surrendered because they can no longer stomach the corruption inside the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA organization where extorted money from the businesses and the people are only controlled by a few CPP-NPA leaders while the ordinary members go hungry and do not receive enough support from the leadership,” said 75th IB commander Lt. Col. Jaime R. Datuin.
Datuin said Jonathan C. Navarro, alias “Ka Rigor”, commanding officer of the Sandatahang Yunit Pangpropaganda (SYP) Platoon, guerilla-Front Committee 3 of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao regional Committee (NEMRC) surrendered their high-powered firearms.
The surrendered weapons included an AK47 rifle, an M16 Armalite rifle, improvised M14 rifles, a homemade shotgun, a caliber .357 revolver, two hand grenades, and assorted live bullets.
“These active NPA members have also gotten tired of the armed struggle that’s why they decided to come down,” Datuin said.
The series of encounters between government forces and NPA rebels in the provinces of Sarangani and Davao Occidental the past weeks had forced local Communist insurgents to return to the mainstream society and avail of the livelihood projects from the government.