56 Leftist rebels surrender in S. Philippines: military

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More than 50 leftist rebels have surrendered to the authorities in southern Philippines in the last seven months, the military said Tuesday.

At least 56 New People's Army guerrillas from Mindanao have surrendered to the army's 10th Infantry Division in the months of January to July, according to Captain Emmanuel Garcia, 10th ID spokesperson.

Continued military operations in suspected rebel hideouts in the mountains and internal disagreement within the movement coupled with physical and emotional hardships forced these rebels to abandon the fight and turn themselves in to the authorities, Garcia said.

"We are optimistic that with the current trend, more will surrender and avail of the reconciliation program and take the peaceful path towards societal change," said Major General Carlos Holganza, commander of 10th ID.

The 4,000-strong NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is fighting a 41-year leftist insurgency in 60 of the country's 80 provinces.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's willing to resume the peace talks with leftist rebels.

Source: Xinhua


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