CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Three ranking members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) surrendered in Agusan del Norte, the military said on Friday.

Col. Jason Saldua, commanding officer of the Army's 29th Infantry Battalion based in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, said that the NPA rebels yielded to government forces on Monday.

Saldua identified the surrenderers as Rolly Gabi alias Longlong, Jovanie Asay alias Janix/Junry, and John Leno Cabrera alias Rom and Makoy.

Gabi and Asay are from Barangay Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte while Cabrera is from Barangay La Purisima, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

Gabi also surrendered one high-powered firearm with one magazine.

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Saldua said aside from the fatigue and hunger the surrenderers experienced as fugitives of the law, the NPA rebels confessed to him that they realized they were fighting a futile struggle. They also wanted to be with their families.

He said that the three former rebels can avail of the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip).

Under E-Clip, a rebel surrenderer would be extended livelihood programs by the government, scholarship, and various programs designed to integrate rebels into the mainstream society.