This number excludes surrenderers
after December 28, including Ka Ruben's group.
DOH Assistant Regional Director Paula Paz Sydiongco said the assessment of drug surrenderers
is moving slowly than expected due to lack of trained health professionals.
Ronald Illana, 8IB commander, lauded the assistance of the troops belonging to the indigenous peoples in the area who helped the surrenderers
return to the fold of the law.
Olarte, claimed that law enforcers and anti-narcotics agents were closely monitoring the activities of drug surrenderers
to prevent them from going back to their old trade.
Introduced to the president were 27 surrenderers
, including 34-year-old Adliah Miimbantas Maute, wife of Mohamed Kahyam "Otto" Maute, the oldest of the Maute brothers, and 69-year old Ibrahim Mitoon Macadato, former mayor of Butig, Lanao del Sur.
Don Templonuevo, Army's 44th Infantry Battalion commander, said two of the surrenderers
were women, one of whom was a team leader and the other, a medic.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) urged the participation of more local government units (LGUs) nationwide to adopt a framework of intervention to efficiently provide services to drug surrenderers
and assist them to become effective community volunteers and leaders.
Marceliano Teofilo, the latest batch of surrenderers
belonged to Sangay ng Partido Lokalidad and Milisyang Bayan and were tasked by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA to act as spies, tax collectors and recruiters.