CAGAYAN de Oro City--Two rebel Amazons and a male bomb expert of the outlawed New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the military camp in Buenavista, Agusan De Norte, the military said Thursday.
The report reaching Camp Evangelista here, the army’s largest military camp in Northern Mindanao, identified the male combatant as a certain “Marco,” reportedly a bomb expert.
The two minor amazons were identified as “Gethel” and “Cristine,” not their true names, both 17 years old.
Gethel, a political guide and Cristine, medic, belonged to the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee, said Lt. Roel T. Maglalang, of the army’s 23rd IB in his report.
He said that Marco, the bomb expert of the Guerilla Front 21, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee, also surrendered to the army’s 23rd IB in Buenavista.
Maglalang said that Marco guided the military to an arms cache hidden by the communist rebels in the hinterlands of Sibagat, Agusan Del Sur.
On checking Marco’s information, the military recovered three M14 rifles, 35-meter-electric wire, two blasting caps with detonating cord, one hand guard for M16, one pair of AR18 hand guard and one improvised anti-personnel land mine, Maglalang said.
He said that Marco was recruited to join the communist insurgency movement at the age of 14, became a full-time combatant at 16 and was trained in bomb making and planting and disposing land mines. -0-
Upon reaching the area, the troops recovered recovery of three (3) M14 Rifles (serviceable), thirty-five (35) meters electrical wire, two (2) Blasting caps with detonating cord, one (1) pair Handguard for M16, one (1) pair AR 18 Handguard and one (1) Improvised Anti-Personal Mine which was still planted inside CPP-NPA hideout.
Alias Marco was used as a courier by the CPP-NPA as young as 14 years old. He became fulltime NPA combatant at the age of 16. He was also taught how to plant and disposed landmines.
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