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4 NPA REBELS IN PALAWAN SURRENDER TO WESTERN COMMAND

Published: Monday, 02 October 2017

Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City -- Four members of the New People's Army in Palawan surrendered to the operating units of Western Command (WESCOM) as focused and civil military operations continue.

Two male communist terrorist members surrendered on September 28, 2017, namely JEFFREY ORIT SAMPACA @ KA RUBEN/DANTE, 25 years old and HENRY POYANG MINDUK @ KA DANIEL, 18 years old, both from Sitio Tabud, Brgy Saraza, Brookes Point and brought with them their issued firearms: one (1) unit M16 (Bushmaster) with SN: L544773 with one (1) short magazine and one (1) unit M1 Garand with SN: 238377 with five (5) clips and 40 rounds ammunition, two (2) IEDs, one (1) rocket parachute flare and other war materials.

Meanwhile, @GENGEN, 16 years old, and ANALY PITOGO AMBUAN @ ANSA, 19 years old both from Sitio Macagua, Brgy Amas, Brookes Point surrendered on September 29, 2017, thru the intervention of Panglima Cunanam Pitogo, the father of Gengen, uncle of Ansa, and turned over 1 shotgun.

The surrenderees are now under custody of The military for validation and documentation, facilitating their application for the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) of the Provincial Government of Palawan and DILG's Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP) where they will receive financial assistance and livelihood opportunities.

In North Palawan, at around 6:30am today, we received initial info from Joint Task Group North (JTGN) that its convoy composed of 1 M35 truck and 1 elf truck enroute for regular logistic run was ambushed at vicinity Sitio Itabiak, brgy New Agutaya, San Vicente, Palawan 3 Marines suffered minor wounds. The convoy was able to immediately extricate from the kill zone. Troops of JTGN is conducting hot pursuit operations.

Western Command condemns the use chid soldiers of the communist terrorists in their ranks and operations. It should be noted that child soldiering is a clear violation of human rights and the International Humanitarian Law.

"We are glad that these 4 communist terrorists have decided to surrender and return to the fold of the law. Their surrender, together with their firearms, IEDs and other war materials is a serious blow to the ranks of communist terrorism in the Province, " said Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr, Commander of Western Command.

"This is also a clear indication of their unwillingness to continue with the armed struggle that according to them is tainted by corruption among their leaders, fatigue and disappointment," Major General Kintanar Jr added.

"We continue to urge the other communist terrorists to put their arms down and surrender. The Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) of the Provincial Government of Palawan and the Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP) of the Department of Interior and Local Government are waiting for them to start their lives anew," the Commander of WESCOM said.

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