A 29-year old alleged member of the New People’s Army(NPA) has surrendered to the 2nd Eastern Samar Police Mobile Force Company (2nd ESPMFC), following the government’s intensified efforts to end local communist armed conflict in the region.

“The continuing surrender of our brothers and sisters in armed struggle is an indication that they are realizing as to what a legitimate government is. I hope that more and more of them will soon realize that,” said Brigadier General Rommel Bernardo Cabagnot, regional director of the Philippine National Police, said in a statement.

Authorities identified the surrenderee as a resident of Borongan City.

The former rebel was convinced to return to the fold of law through the efforts of joint elements of the Communication Action Team and Intelligence personnel of the 2nd ESPMFC, together with the Provincial Intelligence Unit of Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office, according to the police regional command.

The surrenderee also turned in one M1 carbine, two magazines for M1 carbine, and 11 live ammunition.

Authorities said they will endorse the former rebel for to him to avail the national government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program(E-CLIP).(RONALD O. REYES)