A New People’s Army (NPA) platoon commander and his medical trainer wife surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 97th Infantry “Kalasaglahi” Battalion (97IB) after a gunfight in Zamboanga Del Sur on August 6, 2020.
97IB commanding officer Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing said the couple led the NPA’s strike platoon that operates mainly in Zamboanga del Norte and crosses into Zamboanga Del Sur to operate extortion activities of collecting “revolutionary taxes.”
The wife is in charge of training medics in the NPA platoon.
The couple surrendered after the husband was wounded in a 15-minute gunfight in Tinuyop in Leon Postigo town, Zamboanga del Norte on August 6, 2020.
On August 5, 2020, an 18-year-old NPA guerrilla who was wounded in a clash also surrendered in Leon Postigo.
The NPA rebels were brought to the 1st Infantry Division station hospital in Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur.
Also on August 5, 2020, 52 former NPA guerrillas participated in a program conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to discuss how they can benefit from government programs to help them in a new life with mainstream society.
Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, commanding officer of 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion, said rigorous military operations should be combined with the delivery of basic services to the communities to ensure the gains against NPA terrorists.