CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has recorded 4,356 regular members and supporters of the New People's Army (NPA) who surrendered nationwide from 01 January to 15 March 2018.
The figure is composed of 626 NPA regulars 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 totaling 97% or 4,194. This includes the 1,265 NPA supporters and residents of nine barangays of Monkayo town in Compostela Valley on 07 March 2018 and the recent defection of 115 supporters in Trento, Agusan del Sur.
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.
Revelations from former rebels disclosed that most of them were deceived into believing the propaganda and false promises of their leaders.
The former rebels warn would be recruits not to fall on the pattern of deception being done by the NPA terrorists and call on their former comrades to take the peaceful path to change.
The AFP assures the public that focused military operations against communist terrorists will continue to protect the people and vulnerable communities from terrorist atrocities.