The 70 members of the Milisyang Bayan (MB) and Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) in Barangay Naibuan and Monteclaro, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro surrendered to the 4th Infantry (Scorpion) Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army on December 10, 2018.
The government’s services that were brought to the far flung areas through a Convergence Caravan was what led the rebels to surrender.
The rebels were able to see the effort of the government in bringing to them the services and help they need that were not being provided by the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Along with their surrender is their disavowed support to the New People’s Army and their pledge to support their local government in bringing about change and development in their area.
The 4th IB and the local government has promised to continue its Community Support Program in the area to help the people.