AFP calls it a breakthrough: 310 NPA, Abu Sayyaf members surrender in January

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  • 310 NPA and Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the Duterte administration in January, 2018
  • The AFP called it at a breakthrough, a success of the government’s programs
  • 250/310 were NPA members while 60/310 were Abu Sayyaf members

310 New People’s Army (NPA) and Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to the government this month.

Of the 310 who surrendered, 60 were Abu Sayyaf members and the rest were communist NPA rebels.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Edgard Arevalo said in a press conference: “These are indicators of growing discontent within their organizations, the success of our programs, and the cooperation between residents and local government units.”

“We are continuously receiving more surrender (feelers) from these local terrorist groups,” he added.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday called it a “breakthrough” in counterterror efforts. AFP considers 2018 as “breakthrough year in countering terrorism”.

Between January 2016 to January 2017, only 167 Abu Sayyaf members surrendered to government forces.

If we recall last year, several key Abu Sayyaf leaders were k****d in a series of skirmishes between the military and the Abu Sayyaf in Bohol and Mindanao.

The NPA, meanwhile, was declared by President Rodrigo Duterte as a terrorist organization.

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