Female NPA rebel surrenders in Camarines Norte
By Connie Calipay
LEGAZPI CITY --- A female member of the New People's Army (NPA) in Camarines Norte has voluntarily left the communist group and surrendered to authorities, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 (Bicol) said on Wednesday.
In a phone interview, Lt. Col. Malu Calubaquib, PRO-5 spokesperson, identified the surrenderer as "Ka Neng," 53, of the NPA's Militia ng Bayan, Larangan 1, Komite ng Probinsya 1 under the Armando Katapia command.
"Noong Martes, Abril 25, 2023, pormal na tinalikuran ni Alyas Ka Neng ang NPA, partikular na ang kinabibilingan nitong grupo. Siya ay boluntaryong sumuko sa mga kawani ng Jose Panganiban Municipal Police Station at iba pang sangay ng pulisya, kasama ang Philippine Army (On Tuesday, April 25, 2023, Ka Neng formally left the NPA group she was involved in. She voluntarily surrendered to personnel of the Jose Panagniban Municipal Police Station and other police units, along with the Philippine Army)," she said.
Calubaquib said Ka Neng would be among the many former rebels who have returned to the fold of the law and become beneficiaries of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) in the region.
She said the latest surrenderer would also be given various forms of help, including skills training that she could use to change her life for the better.
"This help from the government is not only for her but also for her family," she noted.
Calubaquib said PRO-5 is implementing the government's Retooled Community Support Program where police and military personnel go to areas affected by the insurgency to conduct lectures, give capability-building training, and present livelihood opportunities together with other advocacy support groups, to the villagers.
"They (residents) are given the capacity and knowledge not to fall into the trap and deceptive words of the rebel group," she said. (PNA)