FOUR MEMBERS of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist movement, surrendered with their weapons to the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan in Iligan City last Feb. 28, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) reported yesterday. “The returnees decided to surrender because of the hardships they experienced on the mountains. They are also tired of hiding from the government forces who are conducting military operations in the area,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jasper Edward Obar, head of the 51st Infantry Battalion. “We warmly welcome the four returnees who realized that their lives with the communist NPA terrorist will lead nowhere. We will ensure that, through the E-CLIP (Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program), they will be provided with the necessary assistance,” said Colonel Ezra James Enriquez, the 2nd Mechanized Brigade commander.