Over 40 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have expressed interest to participate in military operations, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.
701st Infantry Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Reuben James Basiao said that those who requested to join the military belonged to the 215 NPA surrenderers taken to Manila for a short tour.
He said those former NPAs were qualified, and that their request is now up for consideration and evaluation by the organization.
Procedures to join the military are the same of those for civilians wanting to enter the AFP, Basiao noted.
Those 215 ex-communist rebels were from the Eastern Mindao and arrived in Manila on February 6.
The three-day tour was mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte in aim to awaken the surrendered rebels to realize better means to promote peace for the country.