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DAVAO CITY — The Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) on Sunday revealed that two alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were arrested in Sitio Banhawan, Barangay Marayag, Lupon, Davao Oriental.

EastMinCom commander Lt. Gen. Greg Almerol said joint forces from the 10th Infantry Division, 701st Infantry Brigade, 66th and 48th Infantry Battalions, Philippine Air Force, Philippine National Police (PNP), and intelligence units arrested the suspects identified as Ronnie Calibay, alias Lito, and Jimmy Samonte, alias Jim, on 2 December.

The two were believed to be members of the Guerrilla Front 18, Sub-Regional Committee 2, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.

Also seized from the suspects was an M16 rifle with an attached grenade launcher.

Almerol attributed the arrest to the culture of cooperation among the Armed Forces of the Philippines, PNP, and former rebels who share the bulk of information that is crucial to the success of operations.

He urged other members of the NPA to peacefully surrender and “emulate the example of those who have already chosen the path of peace by embracing the government’s sincere offer”.

Almerol also noted that they can also benefit from the government’s financial and livelihood assistance through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP.

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