Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has urged the remaining New People’s Army (NPA) members to surrender, as the communist group marks its 49th founding anniversary on March 29.
“We call on all NPA remnants to choose the path of peace and join those who have decided to go back to mainstream society. There is no greater fulfillment than to live in peace with your families and loved ones in a conflict-free community,” AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Datuin said.
Since the start of the year, AFP has already recorded a total of 4,356 regular communist insurgents and their supporters who decided to surrender to the government forces.
“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 percent or 4,194,” the AFP said.
The massive rebel surrenders were believed to be triggered by the alleged corruption of NPA leaders and unfulfilled promises to the ranks.