- The AFP called on the NPAs to surrender or die
- The call was issued after 14 NPA members were killed in a clash with police and military in Batangas last week
- Last month, 69 rebels surrendered to authorities, 29 were arrested and 21 were killed in clashes with government forces
The Armed Forces of the Philippines called on the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, to surrender or suffer the same fate as their comrades who were killed in encounters with government security forces.
The call was issued after 14 rebels were killed in a clash with the military and police in Batangas last week.
“We urge the members of this communist terrorist group to consider the two options available to them — to take advantage of the opportunity for them to surface and be reunited with their family, join mainstream society, and be productive members of the community…or suffer the same fate of their cohorts who died refusing to see the better alternative offered by government,” AFP public affairs chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement on Sunday, December 3.
“While we are hopeful that more NPAs will surrender in the coming days, our troops on the ground will continue with our relentless operations against them who remain active in their violent and destructive criminal activities against our people in the communities,” he added.
As mentioned in CNN Philippines, Arevalo said that for the month of November, 69 rebels surrendered to authorities, 29 were arrested and 21 were killed in clashes with government troops.