Rebel leader, 2 sons surrender


A self-confessed team leader of the New People’s Army and his two sons, who are remnants of the dismantled South East Front of the Komiteng Rehional-Negros/Cebu/Bohol/ Siquijor, surrendered to the 11th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Nahayag, Brgy. Talalak, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental, Oct. 17.

Lt. Col. Roderick Salayo, 11IB commanding officer, yesterday identified the three surrenderers, through their aliases due to security reasons, as Kol or Reynald, team leader of the KR-NCBS South East Front, and his two sons, Emman, 23, and Junie, 20, both members of the NPA Yunit Militia.

They also surrendered an M14 single bolt action rifle and subversive documents with high intelligence value.

Salayo said the three rebels cited the lack of support from their leaders and false promises, as reasons for their surrender.

Brig. Gen. Leonardo Peña, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, lauded the decision of the three to abandon the armed struggle.

Last month, Army soldiers also captured Ka Neri, deputy secretary of the South East Front, during an encounter in Brgy. Tayak, Siaton, Negros Oriental, which also yielded high-powered firearms, Peña said. — GB