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Zamboanga del Sur rebels wave white flag



ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Armed Force of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WesMinCom) announced that 12 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating under the Barangay Revolutionary Committee (Sangay ng Partido sa Lukalidad), Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee surrendered to government forces in Zamboanga del Sur.

AFP-WesMinCom commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. disclosed that the rebels submitted themselves to the military, police and local government officials in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on 27 May.

The WesMinCom chief identified the NPA members as Angelito Arante, a.k.a. Litoy; Quireno Alalon, a.k.a. Kiking; Marivic Piamonte; Melchor Piamonte; Alex Arante; Jessie Arante; Nilo Abiar Jr.; Nisio Liberanes; Junry Caminos; Nestor A. Caminos; Jemar Romeo; and Basilio Mier.

“This manifests that we are not just gaining grounds but we are winning the peace in our joint area of operation. The remaining insurgents must know that the government is more than willing to welcome them back into the mainstream society,” Vinluan said.

The rebels signed an Oath of Allegiance in the presence of Molave Municipal Mayor Cyrel Reo Glepa and representatives from the security agencies and Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict as a gesture of sincerity.

Meantime, 102nd Infantry Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas said that the rebels have previously organized masses under Barangay Revolutionary Committee of Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee — a shadow government organized by Guerilla Front Joji.