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NPA setbacks in Agusan, Maguindanao

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San Francisco, Agusan del Sur– Three Communist insurgents were captured Tuesday, while seven New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas gave themselves up Wednesday.

 Army troopers, who were on foot patrol in a remote village of the Municipality of Veruela in Agusan del Sur captured on three rebels who were carrying sacks loaded with firearms and ammunitions.

Elements of the 26th Infantry Battalion collared the Bernie S. Perez alias Ariel, Joel S. Perez, alias Jo, and Niño S. Perez, alias Onin.

Local police said Bernie S. Perez had a standing warrant of arrest for murder.

Recovered from them were two improvised explosive devices with blasting caps and wires, an M16 Armalite rifle, an M1 Garand rifle, a caliber 45 pistol, a caliber 38 revolver and several rounds of ammunitions, according to a military report of the incident.

Meanwhile, elements of the Army’s First Mechanized Infantry Battalion on Wednesday welcomed six New Peoples’ Army rebels, including two amazons, back to the fold of the law when they surrendered in simple ceremonies in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

Capt. John Arvin Encinas, speaking for the Sixth Infantry Division, identified the rebels as Elsie Absalon, Fatima Sabnol Tubalay, Adog Jan Gonde, Dadok Ebus, alias “Kohan”; Banol Ebus, alias Ben; and Dante Sapakas, alias “Bosing”.

Encinas said the surrenderers turned over three long barrel homemade shotguns, one Armalite M-16 rifle, one homemade M-14 rifle, and one 40 mm M-79 grenade launcher with assorted magazines and ammunition.

Their surrender, Encinas said, came after four NPA rebels belonging to the Manobo tribe surrendered to the military on June 1 due to failed promises by communist rebel leaders.

Encinas said the increasing number of rebels returning to the fold of the law is an indication the communist movement has been losing mass base support.

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