Ranking ‘NPA couple’ yields in Agusan Norte

BUTUAN CITY: A couple who held ranking positions with the communist New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the government in Agusan del Norte, the Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13) said on Thursday.

In a statement, PRO-13 director, Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caragamat Jr., identified the couple as Jomar Calejar Bernados and Verly Florentino Sagot, 29, both of Jabonga town, Agusan del Norte.

“Bernados is the vice commanding officer of Regional Sentro de Grabidad (RSDG) under the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) of the NPA,” Caramat said.

Sagot also served as a medic of the same guerilla unit, he added.

The couple, who surrendered to Tubay Municipal Police Station (TMPS) on April 20, also handed over two M-14 rifles and ammunition.

“Bernados and Sagot surrendered to unite with their families and live a normal life which might be impossible if they remain in the movement,” Caramat said.

The couple will be enrolled in the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), the police official said. 

(Alexander Lopez/PNA/SRNY/RSP)

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