Over 4,000 New People's Army (NPA) members and sympathizers have surrendered to the government since January, the Armed Forces of the Philippines claimed on Thursday.
From January 1 to March 15, the AFP said it had recorded a total of 4,356 NPA members and supporters who have surrendered nationwide.
Six hundred twenty-six were either NPA regulars or Sangay sa Partido Lokal members while 3,730 were either members or mass supporters of the Militia ng Bayan and underground mass organizations.
Ninety-six percent or a total of 4,194 surrenders occurred in Eastern Mindanao particularly in Davao and Caraga. The AFP said that included in this figure is the 1,265 NPA supporters and residents of nine barangays of Monkayo town in Compostela Valley who have yielded to the government last March 7 while 115 supporters were in Trento, Agusan del Sur.
This includes the 1,265 NPA supporters and residents of nine barangays of Monkayo town in Compostela Valley on 07 March 2018 and the recent defection of 115 supporters in Trento, Agusan del Sur.
The AFP which has been recording an increasing number of communist rebels surrendering to the government said that they are expecting more surrenders in the coming days as "former rebels and supporters divulge corruption and deception inside the CPP-NPA."
"Revelations from former rebels disclosed that most of them were deceived into believing the propaganda and false promises of their leaders," the AFP said.
"The former rebels warn would be recruits not to fall on the pattern of deception being done by the NPA terrorists and call on their former comrades to take the peaceful path to change," it added. —NB, GMA News