Ending Insurgency

Former NPA Finds Hope, Freedom; Embraces New Beginning After Criminal Charges Dropped

A former medic and supply officer for the now defunct Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Western Mindanao, has been recently released from Don Jose Aguirre Provincial Jail in Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte following the dismissal of her Attempted Murder case.

Jenelyn Lapas was first rescued from the NPA by the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion in 2022. She courageously faced her outstanding criminal cases and, through the unwavering support of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ZDS PTF-ELCAC), a total of 11 criminal cases against her were dismissed.

Lapas’ story serves as a beacon of hope for the remnants of the WMRPC to consider laying down arms and returning to the folds of law. She is the 27th Friend Rescued and freed from the communist deception and is now fully reintegrated to mainstream society.

This demonstrates the real and enduring commitment of the government for peace and reconciliation. With the support of the government and communities, FRs like Lapas can find redemption and forge a new beginning.

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