CAMP GEN SERVILLANO AQUINO, Tarlac City (DWDD) – Nineteen (19) communist terrorist in Mountain Province surrendered to troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Northern Luzon Command (AFP-NOLCOM).
According to data released by the AFP NOLCOM, the rebels surrendered to officials on April 26, Thursday. Two of them were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), while the rest were Militia ng Bayan. The two NPA fighters were residents of Ifugao and Mountain Province operating in the Cagayan area, while the Militia ng Bayan members were from the Cagayan Valley.
With the latest development, NOLCOM spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Isagani Nato said more communists are expected to surrender given the intensified operations in the area. “NOLCOM [is] expecting more from the ranks of the communist terrorists to surrender in the coming days, as NOLCOM units relentlessly pursue the conduct of focused military operations in their identified sanctuaries,” he said.
Philippine Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Louie Villanueva said a total of 6,709 rebels have surrendered—not counting these 19—and 288 firearms have been seized since the peace talks were terminated November last year. “The Philippine Army, as the main force provider of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, fully supports the commander-in-chief on his thrusts and advocacies to totally eliminate the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorists and the other threat groups,” he said.
“Due to intensified military operations, there was a significant increase in the number of surrenderees particularly from the CPP-NPA terrorists,” he added. NOLCOM / MCAG