The 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army under LTC LAURO G OLIVEROS CAV (GSC) Commanding Officer, welcomed the 6 NPA rebels back into the fold of law this morning, June 06, 2017 in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
The rebel returnees were identified as Elsie Absalon, Fatima Sabnol Tubalay, Adog Jan Gonde, Dadok Ebus alias Kohan, Banol Ebus alias Ben, and Dante Sapakas alias Bosing.
The 6 NPAs handed over their 3 long barrel homemade shot guns, 1 M16 rifle, 1 homemade M14 rifle, and 1 40mm M79 with assorted magazines and ammunitions.
Last Thursday (June 01, 2017), 4 rebel returnees who are members of Manobo tribe from Sultan Kudarat province surrendered to same Army unit after being demoralized by extreme hardships and false promises within revolutionary movement.
The 6 returnees have expressed their frustrations over futility in the mountains and struggles in moving from one place into another.
Major General Arnel B Dela Vega, Commander of 6ID, assured that the rebel returnees will be given financial assistance and livelihood package as part of the program of the government for local integration.
“I strongly urge and call other rebels who are victims of deception of the NPA to lay down their arms and go back to the fold of law,” the Commander added.