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June 29, 2015

CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Three NPA members operating in the First District of Northern Samar surrendered to the 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion’s “A” Company stationed at Barangay Polangi, Catarman, Northern Samar at 8:A.M. of June 27, 2015.

The three NPAs were Gladys Surio aka Ara, Juvy Gonzaga Somodoy aka Obet and Alberto Cuanico Somodoy aka Tatang/Leon were on lie-low when they voluntarily surrendered. Based on the 8ID record, they were under the Front Committee 2, Northern Samar Provincial Party Committee, now known as Sub-Region Committee Emporium.

According to Lt. Col. Carmelito L. Pangatungan, Commanding Officer of 63IB, the three NPAs were accompanied by five Kagawad members of Barangay Gebulwangan, Catarman Northern Samar when they surrendered. They are currently under the custody of 63IB while their surrender papers are on process.

Major General Jet B. Velarmino, 8ID Commander, lauded the efforts made by the 63IB that resulted to the surrender of the three NPA members and also encouraged them to double their effort in winning the peace through community service.

He also renewed his call for NPA members to return to the mainstream of society and avail of the government programs intended for NPA rebels and enjoy life with their respective families, not a life of an NPA that is full of uncertainty, or a life that is always on the run. He stressed that the 8ID will ensure the safety and well-being of NPA surrenderees while they are in military custody.