The said surrenderees known only by their aliases as @Larry, @Rem, and @Pen, surrendered to the troops bringing along with them one (1) M16 rifle and one (1) M14 rifle.
According to them, they decided to go back to the mainstream because they are already fed with the lies, deceptions and manipulations perpetrated by the CPP-NPA not only to them but also to the peace loving people of San Mariano and the nearby municipalities.
It can be recalled that recently, six (6) other members of the CPP-NPA voluntarily surrendered with several high-powered firearms to including M60 machine guns to the troopers of the Philippine Army's 95IB in San Mariano on Sept. 28.
Major General Pablo M Lorenzo, commander of the 5ID, commended the efforts of the involved troopers saying that the surrender was made possible due to the conduct of activities under the Army's Community Support Program in the Barangay.
"I am pleased that more rebels now realize that they were just manipulated and used by the CPP-NPA-Terrorists in the promotion of their flawed ideology," Major General Lorenzo said.
He added that the surrender of the three only shows that the CPP-NPA-Terrorists are continuously losing not only their mass base support in San Mariano town but also the support of their own regular members causing the organization’s dwindling strength.
Major General Lorenzo also encouraged the remaining rebels in Isabela to now lay down their arms and avail of the benefits of the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and other related programs to start a new life with their families, even as he encouraged all Isabelinos to foster a genuine and lasting peace in the province. (PSL/MDCT PIA-2/5TH INFANTRY (STAR) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY)
By Mark Djeron C. Tumabao and 5th ID