40 rebels neutralized in Visayas in May

Government troops continue to gain ground as the communist rebels suffered a devastating loss in the Visayas region in May.

In just a month, a total of 15 encounters transpired, which led to the neutralization of 40 NPA terrorists; 17 of whom died during encounters while 23 surrendered. In addition, 54 firearms were seized during the period; 38 were recovered during encounters, seven were discovered through information provided by former rebels, and nine were surrendered.

The most recent was a series of encounters on May 28 at Brgy Mabini, Catarman in Northern Samar, between members of the CPP-NPA’s Sub-Regional Guerrilla Unit (SRGU) and troops of the 43rd Infantry Battalion. The encounter resulted in the death of four New People’s Army rebels and the recovery of four firearms.

Moreover, a total of 562 supporters surrendered/withdrew their support and pledged their allegiance to the government.

This mass withdrawal of support led to the neutralization of the NPA’s support system, and the collapse of several political-military structures established by the terrorist group in areas of Samar and Northern Samar.

“The CPP-NPA in the Visayas region has been substantially weakened, having incurred devastating losses in their manpower and armed capability and the collapse of their support system from the community. Hence, our focused military operations will go on.” Lt. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, commander of Visayas Command, said. (PR)