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2 ‘NPA leaders’ surrender to police in Cagayan

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Two alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to police amid the intensified “crackdown” of the Duterte administration against communist rebels.

In a report sent to media, the Cagayan Valley regional police identified the surrenderers as Nestor Belarmino, alis “Ka Rapi, 39, and Loarlito Malubag, alias “Ka Jay-R”, 27.

Police said Belarmino was an NPA unit’s supply officer while Malubag was a squad leader.

Both former rebels reportedly turned themselves in to authorities last week, saying they could no longer bear the difficulties and hunger in the mountains.

“Maliban sa takot at pangamba na posibleng malagay sa alanganin ang kanilang buhay ay di na umano nila nakayanan ang hirap na dala ng pagod at pangangalam ng sikmura sa gitna ng bakbakan,” the Cagayan Valley police said in its report.

Intelligence gathered by police showed Belarmino joined the Army’s CAFGU unit of the 17th Infantry Battalion (IB) in 2008 but was later recruited by certain “Ka Nick,” the same person who also recruited Malubag in 2014.

In a statement, Police Regional Office 2 (PRO2) director Police Chief Superintendent Robert Quenery welcomed the surrender of Belarmino and Malubag as he also urged other rebels to do the same.

“Tinitiyak natin na may naghihintay na pag asa at magandang kinabukasan para sa kanila dahil maliban sa makakapamuhay na sila ng normal kasama ang kanilang pamilya at mga mahal sa buhay ay mabibigyan pa sila ng tulong pangkabuhayan mula sa gobyerno,” Quenery said. Northernforum.net

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