NPA propaganda leader yields in Agusan Sur

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A high-ranking leader of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) has surrendered in Agusan del Sur, police said Friday.

Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr., Police Regional Office-Caraga director, identified the surrenderer only as “Jasper”, the vice team leader of the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda of Platoon 1, NPA Guerrilla Front 88, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee.

Jasper, 25, surrendered to the intelligence units of the Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office (ADSPPO) and San Luis Municipal Police Station on May 12 and turned over his .38- caliber revolver upon surrender.

“The lies and broken promises of the rebels prompted him to surrender to the government,” Caramat said in a statement Friday.

He added that Jasper has been in the communist movement for more than eight years and gained nothing, especially his family.

“Since the assumption of President Rodrigo Duterte, a total of 1,433 communist rebels have surrendered to the Caraga police,” Caramat said, adding he remains optimistic that more NPA insurgents will continue to surrender before the President’s term ends next month.

Jasper is currently undergoing debriefing, interview, and processing at the ADSPPO for him to avail of the benefits from the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program.

The Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The Anti-Terrorism Council has also formally designated the National Democratic Front as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA that was created in April 1973.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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