ZAMBOANGA CITY – The government will provide money and assistance with livelihood to an injured New People & # 39; s Army (NPA) rebel who surrendered to Misamis Occidental, military officials said Saturday.
The wounded NPA rebel, Jemar Labito Salayon aka Ka Edward, surrendered Friday morning at 9 am to the 10th Infantry Battalion (IB) in Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, said Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Severo, 10th commander of the IB.
Severo said that Salayon receives PHP15,000 for immediate cash assistance and PHP50,000 for living assistance.
He said that Salayon could also use the services of other government agencies, such as psycho-social debriefing from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Development (DSWD); skills training by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); employment and capacity building of the various institutions of the government; and security as guaranteed by the armed forces of the Philippines and the Philippine national police.
Major Ronald Suscano, the information officer of the 1st Infantry Division of the Army, said that Salayon was one of the NPA rebels arriving on 11 August in a conflict with the 10th IB troops in Barangay Hoyohoy, Tangub City.
According to Suscano, Salayon said that he had been hit in the left knee during the collision and was left behind by his comrades as they retreated.
He said that Salayon, who is 17 years old, is recuperating in a hospital in Ozamis City.
Salayon's surrender came five days after 18 members of the NPAs Sanga ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) and Militia ng Bayan (MB) surrendered to the 10th IB in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.
"The surrender of this rebel and many other supporters is a welcome development in our ongoing efforts to support the government's peace and development agenda.We want to transform Misamis Occidental into a conflict-free area that would bring peace and prosperity to the local people of the province, "said Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade.
Major General Roseller Murillo, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, praised the troops that made possible the surrender of the NPA rebels "for a good job done".
"Our efforts are ruthless because we are tirelessly urging the remaining members of the New People & # 39; s Army and their supporters here in Western Mindanao to simply lay down their arms, surrender and return to the folds of the law, we'll help you start a new life, "Murillo said.
"When we express our support for the localized peace talk, we will also continuously pursue the remaining enemies of the Philippine people – the NPA – until they voluntarily surrender or the hands of justice will be served to them," he added. (PNA)