Two high-ranking leaders and five other members of the New People’s Army (NPA) recently surrendered to the 403rd Infantry Brigade in Barangay Manalog, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon last March 9, 2021.
Brigadier General Ferdinand T. Barandon, commander of the Army’s 403rd Brigade, identified the two high-ranking NPA leaders as Armando Daluniag and Roland Lagunday.
They together with five other group members also surrendered 11 high-powered firearms composed of four M16 rifles, three AK47 rifles, two M653 rifles, one M230 grenade launcher, and one M14 rifle.
Reports state that Daluniag is a former deputy secretary of NPA’s Guerilla Front 89 and is also the commanding officer of the Headquarters Force (HQF) Neo, Northern Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), while Lagunday is the leader of Squad 2, Platoon 2, HQF Neo, NCMRC.
According to Daluniag, they grew tired of the communist movement because of failed promises and regret that even their families’ welfare was neglected. He is now calling his fellow rebels to leave the armed group as he belied allegations that they are being tortured by the military.
The surrenderers are now under the custody of the 403rd Brigade for debriefing. They will soon receive all the benefits provided to them under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
In a related development, 100 former rebels received house and lot units. Read our post below.
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