Alleged NPA bomb-maker turns self in Nueva Ecija
An alleged bomb maker of the communist New People’s Army turned himself in to the military in San Jose City in Nueva Ecija on Wednesday.
According to Lt. Col. Enrico Gil Ileto, commanding officer of the Army’s 84th Infantry Battalion (84IB) under the 7th Infantry Division (7ID), “Ka Wing”, 34, an alleged member of the NPA’s Larangan Gerilya sa Patag 1 (LGP1), also turned in two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a 20-meter detonating cord, one 500-milliliter (ml) bottle containing 125 ml of phosphorus black powder and two anti-tank IEDs.
He said Ka Wing, who has allegedly been operating in Nueva Ecija for five years, decided to surrender “after realizing the deception and false promises” of the group.
“Ako po ay nagbalik-loob at nag-surrender sa ating mga kasundaluhan sapagkat napagtanto ko na ako lamang ay nililinlang, ginamit, at pinangakuang mabibigyan ng lupain ng teroristang NPA at para makapamuhay ng maayos kasama ng aking pamilya at malinis ang aking pangalan,” Ileto quoted the man as saying.
Maj. Gen. Andrew Costelo, commander of the 7ID, commended the 84IB for the surrender of Ka Wing.
“We can recall that for the past six months, enormous numbers of returnees have been set down. It is a proof that the campaign against insurgency is efficient, with the help of the local government agencies to guide the returnee to start a new life,” he said in a statement.
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