By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY — A squad leader based in the Sarangani Province has surrendered to the government following the fall and arrest of Zaldy Cañete, alias Ka Jinggoy, in Bukidnon, according to the Eastern Mindanao Command.
Samson Pagalangan Salda alias “Lakay,” a 39-year old resident of Brgy. Sulit, Polomolok, South Cotabato, surrendered to troopers of the 73rd Infantry Battalion last May 15.
Salda said he surrendered due to fear for his life. He knew that Ka Jinggoy was apprehended in Bukidnon and also said that he found hope in the government since he knew that many former NPA members were humanely treated and given livelihood support.
The rebel surrendered one M16 Rifle (elisco) with a defaced serial number, three long magazines, 79 rounds of ammo, and one Icom radio.
He was brought to the Headquarters of 73IB at Brgy. Felis, Malita, Davao Occidental for proper disposition and custodial debriefing, according to the 10th Infantry Division.