Kuta Sang-an, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur, May 16, 2017- Two New People’s Army (NPA) rebels voluntarily surrendered to 53rd Infantry Battalion, 102nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army on May 16, 2017 in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.
According to reports from the ground, the two NPA members identified as Rey Anthony Dungog a.k.a. Mark and Alvin Calibo a.k.a. Jason belong to Mindanao Regional Guerrilla Unit, Western Mindanao Regional Commitee. Dungog and Calibo were unarmed when they surrendered.
Due to relentless Focused Military Operations of government forces, the surrenderer’s group was forced to be always on the run to escape. Lack of food supply and decreasing mass base support contributed to the weakening of their will to fight.
Dungog and Calibo said they realized that joining the “revolution” only made them suffer and experience hardship, pains, and agony of long time dislocation from their families.
According to Brigadier General Rolly D. Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, the NPA in Zamboanga peninsula and elsewhere are on the run and they have realized that fighting the government is useless.
Brig. Gen. Bautista said the government offer rehabilitation programs for NPA members who will surrender and come back to the folds of the law.