AFP attributes NPA mass surrender to capture of Tiamzon couple PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 June 2014 14:06

With more and more New People’s Army (NPA) fighters surrendering nationwide, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala on Thursday attributes the decline of the rebels to the capture of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon in Cebu last March 22.

Benito is the chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army while his wife, Wilma, is the secretary general of the movement.

As of this writing, around 100 rebels have surrendered peacefully to military authorities shortly after the arrest of the couple.

Most of the surrenderees are from Mindanao.

“That’s our assessment so far, the reason why many rebels have surrendered so far is attributable to the capture of the two,” Zagala said in Filipino.

He added that they are expecting more NPAs to quit the movement once they realize that peaceful means can be use in seeking societal reform.

“Well what we hope that these surrender will cascade for more surrenderees, this will encourage them to use peaceful solution (in seeking reform) than armed means,” the AFP public affairs office chief stressed.

He added that the AFP is more than willing to accept these rebel fighters and return them to mainstream society.