Top NPA leader surrenders to Philippine Army
The Philippine Army is holding a ranking member of the communist rebel group New People’s Army who surrendered Wednesday to authorities in Zamboanga del Sur province in Mindanao, officials have reported.
Roger Apog, who goes by the aliases Ka Rey and Ka Bajik, belongs to the Western Mindanao Regional Committee, and is now being held by the 53rd Infantry Battalion. Apog surrendered to the army in the town of Bayog and is now cooperating with the investigations.
Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, the regional army commander, said Apog's surrender is big blow to the
terrorist rebel group operating in Zamboanga del Sur. Cruz said, "Your return to the folds of the law is a joy to your family. We only facilitated your safe surrender and please help the others so they may follow your footstep. Let us all get involved in Bayanihan works to achieve peace and progress in the countryside."
The Philippine Army is expected to provide Apog with livelihood assistance and other aid that would help him and his family start a new life under the government’s Social Integration Program.
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