Twenty-three members of NPA’s Guerilla Front 73 have surrendered to Philippine Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion (33IB) on January 10.
According to 33IB, the surrender of NPA members was a result of government’s announcement of all-out war against communist terrorists.
“On January 10, nine former rebels surrendered to 1st Lt Cesar Ballado of Alpha Company, followed by 14 comrades who surrendered to Cpt Rogelio Agustin Jr of Charlie Company,” 33IB commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Harold M. Cabunoc said.
“They brought with them assorted firearms and explosives including one M14 Rifle, four M1 Garand Rifles, one home-made Tomgram, and two pistols,” he added.
Since May 2017 33IB has recored 113 surrenders from NPA’s Guerilla Front 73.
“This is a big blow on the communist movement because the Army has dismantled the political structure that is responsible for the resourcing and sustaining of the New People’s Army members who roam in the hinterlands. Popular support must be removed from the insurgents to drain their resources and deny them safe havens within civilian communities,” Lieutenant Colonel Cabunoc said.