A Month of Losses for CPP-NPA
The Visayas Command (Viscom) revealed on Friday that the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) suffered severe setbacks in October after the neutralization of 28 rebels during eight government-initiated encounters.
Rebels Meet Their Match
Lt. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, Viscom commander, stated that three out of the 28 rebels lost their lives during the encounters, while 25 chose to surrender. Notably, nineteen of those who yielded were regular NPA combatants, while six were members of the Militia ng Bayan.
This figure comes in addition to the 61 CPP-NPA supporters who publicly denounced their allegiance to the communist group and pledged loyalty to the government in the same month.
Government Forces Seize Arms and Mines
Meanwhile, during the operations in October, a total of 30 firearms of varying calibers and six anti-personnel mines were confiscated by government troops.
Resolute Pursuit of Peace
“Defeating the CPP-NPA in the Visayas region remains at the forefront of our priorities as we fulfill our mandate to support the Comelec (Commission on Elections) in ensuring the success of the recently concluded Barangay and SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) Elections.
Our resolve against the CPP-NPA remains unwavering as we answer the call of our people for just and enduring peace throughout the region,” Arevalo stated in an official statement.
Appeal for Surrender
He also made a heartfelt appeal to the remaining NPA rebels, urging them to surrender and rejoin society within the bounds of the law.
“As the Christmas season approaches, consider your families and loved ones and the joy they would experience celebrating the season with you. Choose the path of peace and return to the fold of the law while the opportunity is still available,”
The Visayas Command’s resolute efforts to combat the CPP-NPA insurgency continue to make significant strides as they work towards lasting peace in the region. With losses mounting for the rebels and a call for surrender echoing through the ranks, it appears that the tide may be turning in the fight against communist insurgency.