AFP: Mass surrender of NPA terrorists in Negros Occidental huge blow to insurgency

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Manila, Philippines – A huge blow for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorist group in Negros Occidental after 25 of its members, including weapons, surrendered to government troops in Sagay City Negros Occidental.

Maj. Gen. Dinoh Dolina, commander of the Third Infantry (Spearhead) Division, confirms that the 25 members of the rebel group will weaken the strength and armed capability of the CPP-NPA in Negros Island.

“It is also a strong indication of the continued downfall of the Communist terrorist group. And we are expecting the demise of the group very soon,” Dolina said, as reported by the Manila Bulletin.

With this, Dolina pointed out that they also expect a snowball of surrenderers in Western Visayas.

“It will create drastic demoralization among the remaining members of the communist terrorist group that will certainly encourage them to surrender,” he emphasized.

The official reiterated his appeal to the remaining members of the rebel groups to abandon their armed struggle, surrender to the government and live a normal life.

“Come down, and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for you to start a new and peaceful life,” Dolina added

Through the program, a former rebel is entitled to receive immediate assistance of PHP15,000; livelihood assistance, PHP50,000; firearms remuneration, PHP12,000 to PHP500,000; half-way house assistance; PhilHealth enrolment and medical assistance; education assistance; housing assistance; legal assistance; and healing and reconciliation initiatives.

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