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NPA leader surrenders

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CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, La Union — The Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) reported the surrender of an individual believed to be a member of the rebel group Platun Dos, KLG AMPIS (Antonio Licawen Front Operational Command) at the 102nd Maneuver Company Headquarters, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1, Barangay Rosario, Cervantes, Ilocos Sur.

According to PRO1 regional director Police Brigadier General Westrimundo Obinque, the rebel — identified as alias Ka Ben — also yielded one Cal. 5.56 mm Elisco M16 A1 RIFLE with serial number RP 24042, two short magazines, one bandolier and one fuse for improvised explosive device (IED).

Obinque lauded the soldiers for exerting their efforts in negotiating and facilitating the surrender.

“This is a clear manifestation of the government’s sincere efforts towards peace and progress. We will take this accomplishment as a milestone in intensifying our information campaigns and tactical operations with the active support of the community and the local government agencies under the Whole-of-Nation Approach,” Obinque said.

Ka Ben is now under the custody of Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 Headquarters for custodial debriefing and processing of his enrolment to E-CLIP.

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