2 rebels surrender in Zambales

Camp Olivas — A former member of Bagong Hukbong Bayan (BHB) in Olongapo City and top rebel leader in Zambales has surrendered to authorities.

Joint elements of Olongapo City police, Zambales police, PNP-SAF, Army’s 70 Infantry Battalion and Olongapo City Maritime Police under the over-all supervision of Olongapo City police director Col. Jeric Villanueva facilitated the voluntary surrender of alias “Susan,” a former member of BHB.

In Castillejos, Zambales, alias “Rex,” a ranking officer of KLG West Platun 2, Iskwad Tres, Lino Blas Command South Party Committee, yielded to authorities and turned over a 12-gauge shotgun.

PRO3 regional director Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon said the surrenderees will get government assistance such as remuneration for a surrendered firearm, immediate cash assistance, and livelihood opportunities.

“Those who wish to join mainstream society are very much welcome. We are here to assist them in their reintegration,” De Leon said.