Some 313 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Regions 1,2,3 and Cordillera have returned to the fold of the law this year, dealing a big blow to the communist movement in Luzon.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) Commander Lt.Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said a total of 96 assorted firearms were also turned over to government security forces during the series of mass surrenders in the four regions this year.
“Commensurate remunerations depending on the state and caliber of firearms will be given to the surrenderers as part of government grants under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program prior to the weapons’ demilitarization,” Burgos explained.
“Formal surrender is an overt expression of the former rebels’ withdrawal of support from the Communist Party of the Philippines, something which the underground movement dreads more than losing fighters during encounters because it only shows that people are already enlightened and no longer support their so-called cause,” he added.
Burgos assured the public that they will relentlessly reach out and collaborate with local chief executives, residents and other stakeholders as they continue to push the communist rebels to a state of irrelevancy.
NOLCOM has the largest area of responsibility among all the Unified Commands of the AFP the area has a vast maritime domain that the unit is mandated to guard that is 10 times larger than that of the land domain. SOVEREIGNPH