Another member of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Bukidnon surrendered to the government on February 15, 2020.
Jeff, not his real name, 27 years old, surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion in Purok 10, South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon. He was identified as a member of Squad 1, Malayag 2, Company Malayag, Sub Regional Committee 2 (SRC2), Northern Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC).
Jeff brought with him one M16 rifle and six magazines with 156 ammunition, one AK47 rifle and 5 magazines with 137 ammunitions, one box of medical supplies, and one digital mobile radio.
“I am already tired and I’m worried if I can still live in the next days. When I heard that many had surrendered, I took the chance to change my life and join my family),” Jeff said in local dialect.
LtCol. Franklin Fabic, commanding officer of 88IB, welcomed the latest rebel returning to the mainstream. “We are happy that you have decided to abandon the armed struggle,” Fabic said.
Fabic also assured that the 88IB will help Jeff who will benefit from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government.
“The fall of NPA in our area is nearing. We are hoping to the other members to surrender as many of them have now surrendered and enjoyed their life,” Fabic added.