By Joey Natividad
SORSOGON CITY, 12July2013 (BicolToday.com) – Amidst excitement over the public disclosure about a rebel who “surrendered” few days ago to police authorities in Sorsogon province and presented on Thursday at the police regional headquarters in Albay, the New People’s Army (NPA) command here “pooh-poohed” the alleged surrender as “fake”, concocted by the military and police to collect reward money and to fast-track promotions.
The Bicol regional police headquarters in Albay on Thursday, July 11, presented before the press the alleged NPA rebel, Merjel Nebria (Ka Joy), as a front-level key officer who has with him 18 years of involvement in the rebel organization in Sorsogon.
But, the ongoing press conference has caused more reasons for doubt among press people over the credibility of the alleged “NPA rebel”, and on the police fumbling over the conduct of the live press meeting. (See related story on surrendered NPA).
On Wednesday July 10, the day before the Albay police presscon, the Celso Minguez Command (CMC), the NPA operation group in Sorsogon province. denied that Nibrea is a member of the rebel group.
In a statement posted at the internet, CMC said the alleged “surrender” is an ongoing ” syndicated racket” to collect reward money and to fast track promotions in the military and police establishments.
Samuel Guerrero, claiming as CMC spokesman in the statement, said the use of gullible civilians by military officials to pose as “rebel surrenderees” is part of “psychological- operations” under the counter-insurgency program of the government.
The rebel spokesman also said the scheme is also part of the “syndicated racket” among top military officials to pocket reward money.
He mentioned the intentional non-disclosure by soldiers about the 300 thousand pesos organization fund looted among the belongings of slain rebel spokesman, Greg Bañares, and seven others in the July 4 Juban clash. [BicolToday.com]