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Four Sogod NPA rebels surrender

Four rebels of CPP-NPA-NDF surrendered in San Francisco Mabuhay, Sogod, Southern Leyte last September 14, after the Barangay Task Force ELCAC (BTF ELCAC) assisted the said persons to surrender to the 14th Infantry Batallion, according to 802nd Infantry (Peerless) Brigade, 8ID, Philippine Army in a press release.
The rebels are connected the case of the late NPA Josue Libres. Libres, a native from barangay San Francisco Mabuhay of Sogod town, was one of the two communist rebels who died in a clash between troops of the 14th Infantry Battalion and NPA at barangay Lawgawan, Bontoc town last August 18, but were abandoned by their comrades when they scampered to different directions during the operation.
The four surrenderees are alias “Correano”, “Mak”, “Roger” and “Bebot”, according to Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto de la Rosa. During interview, the four bared that they were tasked to produce foodstuffs, materials and other needs of the armed group. They also admitted that they were indoctrinated while they were being helped in tending their farms.
SF Mabuhay Barangay Captain Reynaldo N. Aguillon, concurrently the Chairman of SF Mabuhay Barangay Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (BTF-ELCAC) and also a relative of the late Josue Libres, facilitated the formal surrender of the four. The four rebels who are also his constituents, said that they surrendered after they witnessed how the communist terrorist group abandoned the late Josue and Ambrosio Gortiano Lamadora alias Ihid/Rino, and appreciated the Philippine Army and local government units who helped the duo’s families in giving decent burials to their loved ones.
The Libres family buried Josue at the public cemetery in barangay Boac, Sogod on August 21, 2021. Lamadora, a resident of barangay Maligaya, Mahaplag, Leyte, was entombed at the public cemetery in his hometown on August 22. (RCabodbod)

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