AFP: Most rebel returnees from Davao

NINETY percent of the 2,263 members and supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) who surrendered nationwide in the first two month of the year came from President Rodrigo Duterte’s home region of Davao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a press statement issued by Lt. Col. Emmanuel Garcia, the chief of AFP Public Affairs Office, said 2,036 of the surrenderers used to operate in Davao Region.

Most of the mass surrenders happened in Compostela Valley.

Last January 20, a total of 371 members and supporters of the NPA’s Underground Mass Organizations (UGMO) surrendered in Maragusan. It was followed by the surrender of 193 UGMO members and supporters in Monkayo on Feb. 3, and 166 others on Feb. 19.

As of March 4, a total of 607 regular members of the NPA yielded to government. The remaining 1,656 surrenderers were members of Militia ng Bayan (MB) and Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) and mass supporters.

The massive surrenders of the NPAs and their supporters were attributed to the combined focused military operations, intelligence efforts, civil-military operation, re-integration efforts and peace and development programs of the AFP, Philippine National Police (PNP), and the local government units.

The AFP is expecting more surrenders as rebels and supporters expressed discontent with the CPP-NPA.

Statements coming from rebel returnees disclosed that they are dissatisfied with the false promises of their leaders and the pattern of deception being done by the NPAs.

The AFP assures the public that operations against the communist rebels will continue to protect the people and communities from the atrocities.

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