Bacolod City – The New People’s Army Roselyn Jean Pelle Command (NPA RJPC) issued a statement strongly denying military claims that the 12 individuals who surrendered to the 79th Infantry Battalion in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, were active NPA combatants.
In a statement, the RJPC claimed that they were a mix of ordinary civilians forced to surrender as NPA, while others were dishonorably discharged Red fighters turned traitors who have pending cases before the people’s court, long before the successful tactical offensive in Calatrava.
The 12 former rebels also surrendered assorted firearms with ammunition.
The Northern Negros Front, also known as the RJPC, has been declared dismantled by the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, who said its remnants are now on the run due to intensified focused military operations of the 79IB.
The NPA Mt. Cansermon Command, through its spokesman, Ka Dionesio Magbuelas, also issued a statement denying Army claims that the Central Negros 1 and Central Negros 2 under the Komiteng Rehiyonal Negros/Cebu/Bohol/ Siqujior, have also already been dismantled. (Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)