313 NPA rebels surrender in just 7 seven days

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    A TOTAL of 313 New People’s Army rebels and supporters surrendered to military units from June 6 to Independence Day on June 12, the Armed Forces yesterday.

    AFP public affairs chief Capt. Jonathan Zata said 217 of the rebels and supporters who surrendered came from northern Luzon, specifically in the provinces of Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Aurora.

    Zata said the rest surrendered in Quezon, Laguna, Davao Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, and Northern Samar.

    Zata said a “series of intense encounters” with NPA rebels were reported during the same period, leading to the recovery of 38 assorted firearms, seven anti-personnel mines, and assorted ammunition.

    Armed Forces chief Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. commended the troops involved in the “remarkable achievements.”

    “The commemoration of our nation’s Independence Day was made more hopeful with these victories in our communities,” said Santos.

    The Armed Forces is aiming to end the NPA on or before the end of President Duterte’s term in June 2022. Military estimates placed the strength of the NPA throughout the country at about 3,500 men.