BUTUAN CITY - A communist New People's Army (NPA) rebel in charge of transporting food and other logistics for insurgent units in Agusan del Norte surrendered to the police in Kitcharao town Wednesday.
The surrenderer, identified only as "Buchoy," is the logistics officer of the Samahang Yunit Pampropaganda 16A, NPA Guerilla Front Committee 16.
"After a year of serving the NPA rebels, 'Buchoy' decided to return to the folds of the law to renew his life and live peacefully with his family," said Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr., the Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13) director, said in a statement Wednesday.
Buchoy, 43, also handed over a smoke grenade upon his surrender, Caramat added.
"The surrenderer realized he was deceived by the NPA as none of their promises were fulfilled," the police official said.
"Buchoy" was also convinced by the experiences of other former rebels who surrendered and are now living peacefully with support from the government, Caramat said.
"We hope that more NPA members will voluntarily surrender and no longer be imprisoned by deceptions, as well as be victims of tragic consequences," he added.
Buchoy is the fourth NPA courier who voluntarily surrendered to police authorities during the past two days.
On Monday, three NPA supply couriers also yielded to the Agusan del Sur provincial police office.
The Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
The National Democratic Front has been formally designated as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Terrorism Council on June 23, 2021, citing it as "an integral and inseparable part" of the CPP-NPA created in April 1973. (PNA)