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KIDAPAWAN CITY – Five communist guerillas operating in the provinces in Southern Mindanao yielded to authorities Friday.
Senior Inspector Bernard Francia, chief of the police station in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat, identified the returnees as Filo Capion, squad leader of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) Front 72; Jomar Capion, Rom Capion, Jomar Laguayan, and Ricky Wata, all B’laan natives from Sitio Bong-Mal, Barangay Datal-Blao.
Francia said the rebels first sought the help of Barangay Datal-Blao chairwoman Naila Mamalinta when they decided to return to the folds of the law.
They said they could no longer bear the difficulties in their guerilla struggle in the mountains and wanted to live peaceful lives with their families, said Francia.
Mamalinta immediately turned over the rebels to the regional intelligence division of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 12.
The rebels also surrendered two Garand rifles, one Carbine, one shotgun, and two improvised explosive devices.
They will receive livelihood projects under the Comprehensive Livelihood Integration Program of the Philippine government.
On Friday, the surrenderees were turned over to the PNP-12 regional headquarters in General Santos City for their safety, according to Francia.
Francia has expressed fears that these returnees will be the subjects of "liquidation" of their former comrades in the communist movement.
Two weeks ago, in the hinterlands of Magpet town in North Cotabato, a former rebel returnee identified as Marco Via was summarily executed by suspected members of the NPA.
Via’s death came months after he yielded to the Philippine Army, reports said. —ALG, GMA News