AFP intensified operations weakens NPA, terror groups

The nationwide intensified security operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continue to diminish the New People’s Army (NPA) and other terrorist groups.

AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said the government’s security forces are continuously gaining grounds against rebel and terrorist groups leading to the massive surrender of NPA regular members and their supporters.

On September 26, 2018, 16 communist terrorists from the NPA, including four women and two child warriors surrendered to the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion in Poblacion, Zamboanga Del Sur.

On September 27, 2018, 64 former NPA rebels were welcomed back to the mainstream society by Task Force Balik Loob in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley and were provided with Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits.

On September 29, 2018, former rebels in Southern Mindanao were also provided with livelihood and cash benefits in a program held in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.

On September 30, 2018, three members of Southern Mindanao Regional Command of the NPA voluntarily surrendered to the local chief executives of Barangay Lumiad, and Barangay Magsaysay, Carmen, Davao Del Norte, Col. Detoyato said.

AFP chief-of-staff, Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., said these highlights the lack of public support to the NPA.

“Those who surrendered are high ranking officials in their organizations. They admitted that they are now having a hard time and they do not see any reason to fight against the government,” Gen. Galvez said.

“It is not too late for NPA members to surrender and leave their current miseries from fighting a useless cause,” Gen. Galvez said.

As of date, a total of 9,606 NPAs and their supporters, including 900 regular and 921 underground mass organization members, have surrendered to the government.

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