10th Infantry Division in its report identified the surrenderers only through their aliases as Fernando Poe, Rustom, Sarmontano, Adolfo, Agata, Rica, and alias Andrew E.
The rebel returnees are all members of the NPA’s Sub-Regional Sentro De Grabidad PEDDLER, Sub-Regional Committee 2 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), operating at the borders of Bukidnon and Talaingod.
The joint effort of the 56IB and the 1003rd Infantry (Raptor) Brigade made the surrender possible.
Fernando Poe, served as team leader of the group, narrated the hardships he went through and the deception taught to them by their terrorist leaders.
"Hiding from the government is exhausting, the distance we walk and not having enough food. I don't even know how to overcome the hardships, so we decided to just give up because there is no meaning in what we are fighting for,” Poe said in a statement.
Brigadier General Allan D. Hambala, 10th ID acting Commander expressed gratitude to the surrendered NPA communists for their decision to return to the folds of law.
Hambala said soldiers will continue to exert efforts to entice the remaining NPA to surrender and prevent the re-entry of armed groups in the Davao Region.
“We call on the remaining members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) in the 10ID area of responsibility to embrace the peaceful path to peace," Hambala said.
The former rebels are now in the custody of 56IB for custodial debriefing and medical intervention.
They will be endorsed to avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).