Up to 209 firearms and 155 explosives were recovered by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) from members of the New People’s Army.
The bulk of the recovered firearms and IEDs came from the Davao and Caraga regions, where the NPA continues to maintain its strong presence, according to the AFP public affairs office.
The seized firearms were either voluntarily surrendered by rebel returnees or recovered from NPA camps. The military campaign also resulted in the surrender of more than 2,500 NPA regular fighters and its supporters.
Among the latest who surrendered is Noel Legaspi alias Ka Efren, the deputy secretary and spokesman of the NPA’s Far South Mindanao Region. His wife also surrendered last January 15.
“Surrenderees, mostly from the eastern part of Mindanao, brought along their firearms and submitted themselves to authorities,” the AFP said.
While expressing their readiness to welcome more defectors, the AFP said military operations would continue to degrade the armed capability of the rebels.