CAMP DIEGO SILANG, SAN FERNANDO CITY– The La Union Police Provincial Office scored a major victory against communist terrorism when a certain Joey Adviento, alias Ka JM, 27, of Barangay Abariongan Ruar, Sto. Nino, Cagayan surrendered to authorities here.

Senior Superintendent Angelito Dumangeng, police provincial director, said that Adviento is a New People’s Army kadre belonging to the local communist terrorist group Iskwad Tres under the West Committee of Danilo Ben Command of Komiteng Rehiyon Hilagang Silangan Luzon.

Ka JM turned over a 12-guage US-made shotgun with defaced serial number.

Chief Inspector Mar Louise Bundoc, acting chief of the Provincial Intelligence Branch, said that the surrender of Ka JM was the result of intensified intelligence monitoring by joint operatives of La Union intelligence operatives, the Regional Intelligence Division, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and military units.

“The non-violent and peaceful means to win over our brothers in the rebel organization to rejoin society’s mainstream is our yearning for them to have better life in the future,” Dumangeng said.

It was learned that this was the second time this year that a rebel returned to the folds of law after experiencing the harsh life in the mountainous areas and for realizing that armed struggle will not bring them anywhere. The first rebel returnee was not identified.

Under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program, a rebel returnee is entitled to receive financial support and other government assistance through the Department of Interior Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development and local governments. JUN ELIAS/NorthboundPH