10ID tells NPAs to yield, reunite with families on Yuletide season

The 10th Infantry Division (10ID) of the Philippine Army has reiterated its call to the remaining New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas in its areas of responsibility (AOR) to accept the offers of peace by the government and return to their families during the Christmas season.

This was emphasized by Capt. Mark Anthony Tito of the Division Public Affairs Office of the 10ID during the virtual presser conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Philippine National Police Press Corps for Southern Mindanao on Wednesday (Dec. 8).

“We are calling those remaining NPA members at the hinterlands, especially during this Christmas, that this is the right time to go down, surrender, and reunite with their families and communities. Let us celebrate Christmas and New Year with our loved ones,” Tito said.

He also told reporters that the 10ID is presently operating against 170 remaining NPA rebels in its AOR.

The number, he added, is based on the periodic status report of the command.

“Records showed that from January 1 to Dec. 7 this year, a total of 609 NPA rebels have already surrendered to the different Army battalions under the 10ID,” Tito said.

A total of 10 NPA insurgents were also killed during the period and 46 were captured by the operating troops of 10ID.

Of the 609 who surrendered, 211 were regular NPA combatants, 162 are members of the Milisya ng Bayan, 56 were part of the Sangay ng Partido sa Localidad, 168 were local supporters and 12 left-leaning organizations.

Tito said that the operating battalions of the 10ID will continue their focused military operations to ensure the security of residents in communities within its AOR. (NW)