2 NPA rebels in arson case yield in Sultan Kudarat

Two New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, who were involved in the burning of PHP30 million worth of construction equipment in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, surrendered to military authorities on Sunday evening.

Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion commander, identified the surrenderers only as “Ka Glen”, 55 and “Ka Jongie”, 35, who surrendered in Senator Ninoy Aquino town, Sultan Kudarat.

Cabunoc said both “Ka Glen” and “Ka Jongie” were members of the NPA’s Guerrilla Front 73.

Cabunoc turned them over around 8 a.m. Monday to Lt. Col. Jorge Garcia, Marine Battalion Landing Team-2 commander, whose unit has jurisdiction over Barangay Hinalaan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.

The NPA rebels torched eight heavy equipment in Hinalaan, Kalamansig, on January 7.

The equipment were owned by Janmerc, a construction firm undertaking a road project linking Senator Ninoy Aquino town to the municipality of Kalamansig.

Cabunoc said the two surrenderers admitted they were involved in the burning of the equipment and have expressed willingness to turn as state witnesses against their comrades.

Janmerc allegedly failed to pay the rebels revolutionary taxes.

Cabunoc said the two rebels turned over machine pistols when they surrendered. (PNA/Edwin Fernandez)