The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has recorded a total of 4,356 regular members and supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) who surrendered nationwide from January 1 to March 15.
Out of the 4,356, 626 are regular NPA members and Sangay sa Partido Lokal (SPL) or local party members, and 3,730 Militia ng Bayan (MB), Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members and mass supporters.
“Majority of surrenders happened in eastern Mindanao particularly in the regions of Davao and CARAGA totalling 96% or 4,194,” the AFP said.
The AFP said the massive surrenders of NPAs and their supporters were attributed to the combined focused military operations, intelligence efforts, civil-military operations, re-integration efforts, peace and development programs of the AFP and PNP; and the intense campaign of Local Government Units in convincing their constituents who are members and supporters of the NPA to go back to mainstream society.
“The AFP expects more surrenders as former rebels and supporters divulge corruption and deception inside the CPP-NPA,” the AFP added. “Revelations from former rebels disclosed that most of them were deceived into believing the propaganda and false promises of their leaders.”
“The AFP assures the public that focused military operations against communist terrorists will continue to protect the people and vulnerable communities from terrorist atrocities,” it added.