Tired of the ceaseless fighting and violence and wishing to live in in peace with his loved ones, a New People’s Army (NPA) medical platoon vice team leader voluntarily surrendered to military authorities in Compostela Valley last Sept. 8. Capt. Alberto Caber, Eastern Mindanao Command public affairs office chief, in a statement Thursday, identified the rebel returnee as one “George,” vice team leader of a NPA medical platoon assigned to Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.
He surrendered to troopers of the 71st Infantry Battalion at Barangay Pangibiran, Mabini town, Compostela Valley at 2 p.m.
“George” was brought by the soldiers to Mabini PNP station and to the municipal health office for documentation and medical check-up.
His decision to surrender was fueled by the desire to live peacefully with his family and avail of the government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).
Through CLIP, returnees can receive livelihood and appropriate training assistance from the government.?
As of this year, there are already 214 NPA members who returned to the folds of the law through the units of Eastern Mindanao Command.