Five of the seven suspected NPA rebels have been profiled as holding important positions within the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Contributed photos.

The 3rd Marine Brigade in Palawan highlighted the arrest of the seven suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the surrender of its high ranking official in the celebration of the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), Friday.

In an interview, 3MBDe commander Brigadier General Charlton Sean Gaerlan said that they are celebrating the accomplishments of the marine corps since it was established.



He emphasized during the event the arrest of the #Palawan7, recovery of different terrorist’s stuff in southern and northern Palawan, and the surrender of NPA leader Alimar Libuna Toting, alias “Ka Allan”, with seven others who surrendered to the authorities on November 5 in Barangay Pulot Center, Sofronio Española.

Toting is the highest-ranking leader of the Bienvenido Vallever Command (BVC) operating in Palawan.

He surrendered a month after the arrest of his party wife, Jenny Ann Bautista (alias Ka Helen), with Glendhyl Malabanan, Ronces Paraguso, also ranking leader Domingo “Ka Tino” Ritas, Joelito “Ka Jebar/Ka Tangkad” Tanilon, Bener “Ka Bata” Rimbuwan, and Awing “Ka Gitna” Lumpat who were arrested on October 4 at San Jose National Highway.



“We are celebrating lahat ng accomplishments ng marines way back. Alam naman natin na for the past few months ay marami tayong naging successful operations kaya we are happy to celebrate this event with different offices and agencies na nakasama natin na magawa ang mga ito,” Gaerlan said.

In addition, the event highlighted a 4.2-kilometer run and exercises. Gaerlan said that the fun run symbolizes unity and cooperation between the different units.



Aside from the run, fruit-bearing trees such as avocado and guyabano were also planted inside the marine compound.

“We want to help Palawan in the protection and conservation of the environment kaya every year talaga dito ay nagtatanim kami ng mga puno, fruit bearing trees,” he said.

Personnel of the Philippine Navy (PN), Naval Reserve Center West (NRCW) Philippine Air Force (PAF), Philippine Army, Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and officers from Provincial Task Force- Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) joined the event.

The PMC celebrates its annual birthday every November 7.