Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said a total of 129 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have been “neutralized” after President Duterte declared an all-out war against the rebels last month, Inquirer reports.
The office showed records wherein 23 were killed, 19 were arrested and 87 surrendered.
Arevalo said the NPA had already conducted 62 terroristic activities since the start of the year, including abduction, burning or arson, extortion, ambush and harassment against both civilians and military members.
“If the NPAs are really sincere and one with the National Democratic Front in their intent to resume the talks with the government, they should start manifesting their intention by putting a stop to their terroristic activities which continue to harm our citizens and halt development in the communities,” Arevalo added.
Most of the military assets were put in active service against the “all out war” declaration against rebels. Ground and aerial assaults by the newly-acquired FA-50PH jets destroyed enemy camps and hideouts.