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Nagbalik-loob na? NPA supporters surrender in Capiz

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At least 60 supporters of the communist New People’s Army in Capiz surrendered to the military and took their oaths of allegiance to the government.

The Philippine Army said these include 37 members of the Militia ng Bayan and 23 mass base supporters, who formally surrendered Feb. 15 and 16.

Most of the surrenderees are residents of Barangays Carataya, San Antonio and Mahunod-Hunod in Cuartero, Capiz, according to 1Lt. Hazel Joy Durotan, 61st Infantry Battalion spokesperson.

According to the Army, the Militia ng Bayan is a force multiplier and sometimes acts as part-time NPA armed members.

It provides regular NPA troops with additional manpower, information, food and other logistics. The mass base supporters provide NPAs temporary shelter.

The Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion Community Support Program teams facilitated the ceremony.

Witnessing the ceremony were Col. Orlando Edralin, 301st Infantry Brigade deputy commander, and local Philippine National Police officers.

Earlier, 301st IB commander Col. Alberto Desoyo said at least 70 in Panay have availed of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) in 2018.

E-CLIP is a program that assists rebel returnees in starting anew after surrendering.