Top NPA Leader Yields In Southern Philippines

September 18, 2007 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / 18 Sept) – A communist rebel leader has surrendered to Philippine authorities in the southern province of Compostela Valley, officials said on Tuesday.

Officials said Raymond Subla, of the Southern Miundanao Regional Committee, surrendered to the Army’s 60th Infantry Battalion on Monday in the village of Bugdangan in Laak town. Subla, 22, joined the New People’s Army when he was ten years old and officials said his surrender was a big blow to the rebel group.

Subla, a member of the indigenous Lumad tribe, also surrendered an M60 machine gun, an M16 rifle and an anti-tank weapon, including assorted munitions and a claymore mine.

Officials said Subla decided to yield after a successful negotiation with the military.

Army Lt. Col. Perfecto Rimando said the military will help Subla get an amnesty from the government so he could live peacefully with his family.

Manila is offering amnesty to rebels under the so-called Balik Baril program Under the Balik-Baril, which means “Bring a Rifle Improve your Livelihood,” the government pays as much as P25, 000 for weapons surrendered by rebels, aside from at least P18,000 in initial aid.

Those who surrender also undergo livelihood training of their choice. The amnesty program aims to convince the rebels to abandon their armed struggle and return to the fold of the law.

The NPA, armed wing of the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF), is fighting the past three decades to topple the government and install a Marxist state in the country.

The United States and the European Union blacklisted the CPP and NPA, including its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, on Manila’s prodding and froze their assets abroad. (Merlyn Manos)

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  1. 22 years old and already a top NPA leader? Stupid reporting.

  2. Hi Mr Borjal,

    There is nothing stupid in the report. The man was the leader of an NPA Front Committee in southern Mindanao, according to the military.

    With his position at such as young age, he must be good! With all the weapons he also surrendered to the government, he must be good!

    Is that stupid reporting? Well, Mr Borjal, with you at the National Democratic Front of the CPP/NPA, it’s no wonder that the report is stupid!

    Mindanao Examiner

  3. Dear Mindanao Examiner

    This is stupid reporting and your comment attacking Dan Borjal is stupid too, you said that he is from the NDF then he should know the standard of a leading NPA or the recruitment process whatever it may be.

    Just a penny of my thought.

    Yours
    Eli


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