CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has recorded a total of 28 CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) leaders who surrendered to security
forces since the start of the year.
The most number of surrender came from the Eastern Mindanao Command that reported 17 ranking NPAs in 2018.
The most recent of the surrender was Edwin Coquilla alias “Jemar”. He is a former squad leader of a platoon of the NPA’s North Eastern Mindanao Regional
Committee. He yielded to troops of the Philippine Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion bringing along nine improvised explosive devices at Headquarters 36IB, in Tago,
Surigao del Sur on March 11.
Three high ranking leaders of an NPA Guerilla Front (GF) also surrendered including a former vice commander of GF27 Geraldo Baro alias “Arnold” who yielded to the
71st Infantry Battalion in Mawab, Compostela Valley on February 7; and Alvie Marie Cominador alias “Ara”, secretary of GF51 and Shane Rosete Cacdac alias “Neo”,
staff officer of a sub-regional committee who both yielded to the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion in Davao Del Sur on February 1.
In January, five leaders voluntarily surrendered to troops. Chief among them were Deputy Secretary of the FSMR, Noel Legazpi alias “Efren” and his wife, Jeanalyn
Bendalian alias “Wendy” who is the former medical officer of FSMR. They both surrendered to members of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion in South Cotabato on
Notable also was a certain alias “Simon” a former vice team leader of GF71, Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR) surrendered on 23 January to the Army’s 73rd
Infantry Battalion in Sarangani Province. Two other leaders namely Randy Atong and Renie Atenza; finance officer and a team leader of GF51, respectively yielded to troops in Davao Del Sur on January 10.
Another leader who surrendered in March was Beong “Ka Tukay” Dalumatan. He is formerly a sub-commander of Guerilla Front (GF) 72 based in Sultan Kudarat. He
turned himself to Columbio Municipal Police Office on March 3.
Meanwhile, 10 other CNT leaders, who requested not to be named, surrendered in Albay on January 19. They are composed of political guides, squad leaders, and
The spike in the number of CNT leaders who are surrendering is attributed to the government’s sincere efforts in helping former rebels reintegrate to their communities
and families, particularly through the efforts of the local government units (LGU), the AFP and the PNP.
The AFP is positive that through the continuous partnership of the security forces and the LGU, more CNT leaders, members, and supporters will go back to their families and live peaceful lives.