ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat: Five members of the New People’s Army (NPA) also dubbed by the military as communist terrorist group returned to the fold of law in the morning of July 13.
Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, Joint Task Force (JTF) Central Commander identified those who surrendered as Billy Tayan, Bobby Tayan, Iga Tayan, Untong Tayan, and Waning Tayan who turned themselves to the troops of the 7th Infantry Battalion (7IB) in Sitio Kamanga, Barangay Laguilayan, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.
Carreon said the five handed over one Garand Rifle with magazine and ammunition, one M16 with magazine, one Cal. 30 Carbine with magazine and ammunition, one Cal. 30 Springfield US Rifle with ammunition, and one M79 40mm Grenade Launcher.
“We appreciate their gesture of embracing peace through their voluntary surrender and handing over of firearms to the government forces,” said Maj. Gen. Carreon.
He said subject personalities and turned over firearms were temporarily placed under the custody of 7IB for debriefing and proper documentation.
“The Western Mindanao Command, through its Joint Task Forces, continue to fulfil its mandate of assisting returnees in their reintegration to the mainstream society. While we intensify our operations in critical areas, we remain steadfast and committed in bringing about stability in our area of operation,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the Commander of WestMinCom.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL