The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) proudly announced that more than 2,000 members and supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) have so far surrendered to government authorities this year.
The AFP said that a total of 2,263 NPA members and supporters have yielded to authorities in the first two months of 2018. Ninety percent of the total, or 2,036, are from Davao Region.
Of the 2,263 total, 607 are regular members while 1,656 are either members of the Militia ng Bayan or the Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) or mass supporters.
Among the UGMO members and supporters, 371 surrendered in Maragusan, Compostela Valley on January 20; 193 surrendered in Monkayo on February 3; and 166 surrendered in Montevista on February 19.
The figures were attributed to the “combined focused military operations, intelligence efforts, civil-military operation, re-integration efforts and peace and development programs of the AFP, PNP (Philippine National Police), and Local Government Units by the AFP.
It added that they are expecting more NPA members to surrender as “former rebels and supporters expressed discontent inside the CPP-NPA.”
“Statements coming from the former rebels disclosed that they are dissatisfied with the false promises of their leaders and the pattern of deception being done by the NPA terrorists,” the AFP said.
The military added that operations are ongoing “to protect the people and communities from terrorist atrocities.”