11 NPA rebels surrender in Sultan Kudarat

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 21 2017 06:20 PM

MANILA -- Eleven members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to government forces in Midtungok village in Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat on Sunday.

They were identified Ayob Mopac, Benjamin Kalay, Samuel Badak, MelPandi, Kang Mopac, Tiin Mooac, Usad Mopac, Long Oding, Sebio Masandag, GabrielMopac, and Nonoy Lapi.

According to Joint Task Force Central Commander, Brigadier General Arnel Delavega, the rebels surrendered eight high-powered rifles, including five M16 rifles, two M1 Garand rifles, and an AK 47 rifle.

Delavega added that all of the rebels are Manobo tribe residents of Midtungok.

After their surrender, the rebels were presented to the town mayor, Randy Ecija, Jr.

Meanwhile in Basilan, two more Abu Sayyaf members contacted troops of the Joint Task Force Basilan to surrender on Saturday.

A certain "Wowee Hassan" and "Samer Batin" alias "Iroh," surrendered to the troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion.

Hassan and Batin, who are both residents of Al Barka in Basilan, also turned in a caliber .30 M1 garand rifle to the soldiers.

"The two Abu Sayyaf revealed that they fear for their lives as more of their fellow ASG members surrendered and gave information of the others. They said that they opted to surrender now, believing that the government forces will eventually get them," Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said.