52 communist insurgents surrender in Aurora
Some 52 alleged members of a communist rebel group, including one commander, turned themselves in to the authorities in Aurora province on Thursday.
According to a Philippine News Agency report, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), in collaboration with other security forces, facilitated the surrender of a leader of the Domingo Erlano Command and 51 members of Militia ng Bayan under the New People’s Army (NPA).
The surrender took place after a “peace engagement and community consultation” in Barangay Bianoan, Casiguran town, officials said.
In the PNA report, Maria Luisa de Guzman, NICA regional director and head of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management (SAKM) Cluster Region 3, lauded those who surrendered.
“It is not only the government that will work but their cooperation will provide a wider array of benefits based on their particular needs through the help of various national and local government agencies,” she said.
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