By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 8, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – A member of New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Eastern Samar voluntarily surrendered to 801st Infantry (Bantay at Gabay) Brigade stationed at Brgy Fatima, Hinabangan Samar on March 2, 2016.
In a report from Colonel Perfecto M. Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander, the NPA surrenderee was identified as Arturo Pajanustan y Norcio @ Pogoy former member of Front Guerilla Unit (FGU) operating in Eastern Samar. Pajanustan surrendered with one (1) M1 US Garand bearing serial number 1535128 around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and is now undergoing debriefing and proper documentation.
Meanwhile, another NPA member identified as Rechan Pernis y Dejon @ Alvin/Gil former Team Leader Team Uno Apoy Platoon, Front Committee-Leyte, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) surrendered without firearms to the 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion stationed at Brgy Aguiting, Kananga Leyte on same date.
Moreso, in Eastern Samar twelve (12) former NPA members and thirteen (13) supporters voluntary surrendered to 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion without firearms on 26 - 28 February 2016. The unit identified the twelve member as the following: Arturo O Senobio; Lizel Rafales Nable @ Charet/Camela; Alita Pecenio Senobio @ Eva; Julia Orale Rebato @ Ana; Jessie Rebato Nable @ Jr; Danilo Rosco Rebato @ Podin; and Edgar Orga Senobio @ Adana/Bakong.
The thirteen NPA supporters identified as: Renato Pecenio Pajares @ Rolly; Necitas Nable Oros @ Cita; Zalda Pazarra Pajarilla; Clemente Ambida Orosco @ Berting; Carlos R Pajarilla; Norma Rosco Rebato; Benjamin Pajares Rebato; Lope P Pajares @ Oping; Alfredo Phak Pajanustan @ Maning; Maribel Pajares Pajanustan @ Liza; Beverly Orantia pajares @ Lucy; and Jerry O Senobio.
Lt. Col. Ronie T. Ebarita, Commanding Officer of 14th IB, in his report stated that the surrenderees were coming from Brgy Tugas, Maslog, Eastern Samar who went on lie-low since 2009. They decided to surrender due to the hardship they suffered while in the underground movement. They were also encouraged by the other members who surrendered and availed the livelihood assistance from the government.
The surrenderees will avail the Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP), immediate cash assistance for their livelihood after the seminar which will be facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID, lauded the efforts of the troops for a job well done. Further, he encouraged the rebels who are still in organization to lay down their arms and return to the comfort of their families and to become productive members of the society.