NPA leader, 7 men surrender in Palawan

From the Manila Standard (Nov 9, 2019): NPA leader, 7 men surrender in Palawan

A leader of the Communist New People’s Army, identified as Almar L. Toting Jr. aka Ka Allan surrendered to the personnel of 3rd Marine Brigade, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Sofronio Española in Palawan.

Ka Allan, 32, is the Commanding Officer of Bienvenido Valleber Command of SRMA GU-4E, and concurrent Field Operational Commander of KLG-South. He gave up together with seven of his comrades.

Ka Allan and his men decided to surrender due to the difficulties they have encountered in evading the unrelenting operations against the communist rebels conducted by the military and police forces under Palawan Provincial Task Force ELCAC. Negotiating team from the 3rd Marine Brigade also contacted Toting’s family, to ensure that his way out of the Communist-Terrorist Group is the best solution in embracing a peaceful and meaningful life, the military said.

He had been instrumental in the surrender of other NPA comrades. He helped the authorities in convincing his fellow Communist-NPA-Terrorists (CNTs) to surrender and lay down their arms, the military said.

Seven other members of NPA who voluntarily surrendered were the following: alias Ka Resmi (squad member); alias Ka Wilme (squad member); alias Ka Honey(medical officer); alias Ka Troy (liason) and alias Ka Justine (squad member), all under KLG-South, SRMA GU-4E. A certain aka Ka Randy, a People’s Intel Network based in El Nido and a Ganap na Samahang Masa leader identified as Janeth from Maasin Brooke’s Point also submit themselves to the authorities.

Allan and his men also gave up the following: two M16 rifles; two 9mm; one shotgun; magazines; and ammunition.

Team WESCOM under Vice Admiral Rene V. Medina expressed his appreciation to the men and women of Joint Task Force Peacock; 3rd Marine Brigade; Joint CMO Task Group West; and Joint Intelligence Task Group West who facilitated the surrender of the rebels.

Medina lauded the cooperation and commitment of Ka Allan and other surrenderees in embracing peace and quitting their armed struggle against the government.

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