CITY OF DUMAGUETE -On Tuesday in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, sixteen members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's

Army (CPP-NPA), including high-ranking leaders, turned themselves in to the police.

A news release from the 62nd Infantry Battalion on Wednesday said that the former rebels (FRs) were members of the CPP-Central NPA's Negros 1

Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor (KR-NCBS) under the Leonardo Panaligan Command.

On Tuesday afternoon in Guihulngan City, they were officially given to the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC).

There was the leader of the Sentro de Grabidad Platoon, a political instructor, and a medical officer among those who gave up.

Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army led the ceremony and handover of the former rebels. Military,

police, and local government officials were also there.

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