SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, June 18 (PIA) — A leader of the local communist New People’s Army (NPA) based in Sitio San Juan, Barangay Bulanao, Tabuk City in Kalinga Apayao surrendered on Thursday, June 14, to La Union Governor Manuel Ortega, as arranged by the La Union Police Provincial Office (LUPPO).
According to LUPPO Director Senior Superintendent Ramon Purugganan, the rebel returnee, identified as Ganggang Linnip Allin or Ka Eli, 34 years old, decided to surrender in La Union because according to him, it is more peaceful in La Union where he was assured of police protection against threats from his rebel group.
Purugganan said that Ka Eli was an officer of the Larangang Guerilla Marco NPA organization operating in the Cordillera mountains and was in-charge of recruiting members through philanthropic activities such as medical missions, providing assistance/help to poor people in Kalinga and in the Mountain Province.
In an interview with LUPPO Intelligence Branch Head Supt. Robert Mesa, Ka Eli was one of those responsible in the ambush of a certain Lt. Punio with six other soldiers of the 404th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in July 9, 2010 in Sitio Can-ew, Bontoc, Mountain Province.
Ka Eli, who is under the ‘order of battle” of the military and police, was convinced to return to the folds of the law through a private contact of the LUPPO who gave the information that he is now ready to surrender. Negotiations were made and efforts were conducted by PD Purugganan, the LUPPO Intelligence Branch headed by Supt. Robert Mesa, the Police Regional Office Intelligence Division, and the Naval Forces Northern Luzon for his surrender.
He (rebel returnee) surrendered his M14 carbine rifle with magazine and ammunitions.
When asked why he chose to return to the fold of law, Ka Eli said that his 10 years in the mountain running and hiding from authorities was very tiresome. Now, he wanted to have a normal life where he could be with his family in peace.
As part of the Social Integration Program of the government, immediate cash assistance amounting to P20,000 was given to him where he could start life normally with the community, aside from the police security being extended to him while he is still in the province, Mesa disclosed. (JCR/MPA-PIA 1 La Union with reports from Jun Elias of Star Northern Luzon)