ILOILO City – A 29-year-old member of the New People’s Army (NPA) has surrendered in Bingawan, Iloilo.
Hunger and fear of getting killed by government forces prompted Jerry “Ka Nonoy” Glorian, 29, to turn himself in, local authorities said.
Mayor Mark Palabrica of Bingawan facilitated Glorian’s surrender.
He and Senior Inspector Ramil Jacaba, municipal police chief, picked up Glorian in Purok 7, Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan at 10:45 a.m. on Friday.
Glorian turned over a .45 pistol with three ammunitions.
The rebel sent him surrender feelers, saying he was afraid that police and military officers would go after him, Palabrica said.
“He (Glorian) was too hungry and tired of hiding in the mountains,” the local chief executive said.
Palabrica assured Glorian of a “livelihood program.”
“We are calling on other rebels to surrender. I will ensure their safety. We (in the local government) are willing to help them,” the mayor said.
A press release from the Iloilo Police Provincial Office identified Glorian as a native of Tapaz, Capiz living with a common-law wife in Bingawan.
Palabrica and elder brother Matt, the vice mayor, presented Glorian to Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, IPPO director, to whom he turned over his gun and bullets.
According to Glorian, he joined the NPA in October 2010 under the Coronacion Chiva Waling-Waling Command operating in Central Panay, particularly in Calinog, Iloilo and Tapaz, Capiz.
Glorian returned to Bingawan after he was presented to Tayaba since there was no outstanding warrant of arrest against him, the IPPO said./PN