AFP: 313 'communist rebels' yield to military in week-long operation

Published June 14, 2020, 9:57 PM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Martin Sadongdong 

A total of 313 alleged communist rebels surrendered to the military following a week-long operation nationwide, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported on Sunday (June 14).

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (MANILA BULLETIN)
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (MANILA BULLETIN)

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. said the operations started on June 6 and ended on June 12, Independence Day.

The Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) registered the most number of rebel-returnees with 277.

Santos said regular members, supporters, and members of organized mass organizations of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Aurora provinces withdrew their membership and support from the communist leadership.

Most of the surrenderees were former members of militant group “Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid ng Asyenda Luisita” or Ambala.

Meanwhile, 26 alleged communist rebels turned themselves in to the Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) in Quezon and Laguna provinces.

For its part, the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) facilitated the surrender of eight alleged rebels in Davao Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur.

Among them were people supposedly from the Milisya ng Bayan, Santos said.

Lastly, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) reported the surrender of two suspectes rebels in Zamboanga del Norte and Northern Samar.

A series of encounters between government troops and suspected communist groups during the same period led to the seizure of 38 firearms, seven anti-personnel mines, and 51 rounds of various ammunition.

“We congratulate our troops on the ground for these remarkable achievements. The commemoration of our nation’s Independence Day was made more hopeful with these victories in our communities,” Santos said.

He assured the public that the military will remain committed to its duty to protect the country from enemies of the state.