The Armed Forces of the Philippines said that amid the intensity of operation against terrorists in Marawi City, the military has neutralized at least 50 NPA fighters through yielding and offensives.
Since the Marawi siege started on May 23, 36 voluntarily surrendered to government forces, nine (9) were killed, and five (5) were arrested in various operations.
“While the AFP is busy combating the Maute-ISIS group in Marawi, significant developments are happening in our fight against the NPA, particularly after the Government did not participate in the fifth round of peace negotiations with the communist terrorists,” Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Office Chief said.
AFP said military forces were able to conduct successful operations against the NPA, mostly in North-eastern Mindanao.
Also recovered are 16 high-powered and low-powered firearms while 15 firearms were turned over by surrendering NPA members.
However, NPA’s aggressiveness was fueled since the declaration of Martial Law.
“It seemed like the NPAs wanted to affiliate with the Maute-ISIS group as shown by their order of offensives against the AFP on account of the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, which was implemented to protect our people from the ISIS-linked terrorists,” Colonel Arevalo said.