FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija (DWDD) – The Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division (7ID) received the surrender of nine (9) members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
According to Major General Felimon T. Santos Jr., 7ID commander, the surrenderees are members of Militiang Bayan, Bayan Muna and the Communist Terrorist Groups. They will first receive livelihood assistance from the 7ID while the local government is processing their Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP).
MGen Santos added that the 7th Civil-Military Operations Battalion and 84th Infantry Battalion were instrumental in the surrender of the rebels.
The surrenderees also turned-over 12 firearms, including: one (1) shotgun; two (2) US Springfield M1903 caliber .30 bolt action rifles; two (2) caliber .38 Smith and Wesson revolvers; three (3) improvised 12-gauge shotguns; one (1) improvised 20-gauge shotgun; two (2) caliber .22 converted Armscor Air Rifles; one (1) improvised Springfield 5.56mm and various ammunition.
The rebel returnees abandoned the Communist cause because of their longing to live normal lives with their family, aside from the persuasion of benefits and privileges that they will get from the government through ECLIP, where each surrenderee will receive a total amount of PHP65,000, of which, PHP15,000 is an immediate financial assistance while PHP50,000 will be given as livelihood aid.
This is aside from the compensation they will receive in exchange for the firearms they surrendered depending on the valuation of weapons which would range from PHP2,000 to PHP2 million. 7DPAO / MCAG