WITHDRAWAL OF SUPPORT. Some 15 members of Liga ng Manggagawang Bukid (LMB) and Alyansang Mangbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon (AMGL) under the Kilusan ng Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (KMP) withdraw their support from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija on Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2022). Likewise, two former rebels have voluntarily surrendered and yielded their firearms in the region. (Photo courtesy of PRO-3)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Two former members and 15 sympathizers of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) have withdrawn their support from the communist terrorist organization in the region.

In his report on Wednesday, Brig. Gen. Cesar R. Pasiwen, director of the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO-3), said the two former rebels were identified as “Ka Bart,” a member of Arcadio Peralta Command, and alias “Ka Romy,” a former regular member of the CPP- NPA.

Pasiwen said Ka Bart also yielded one hand grenade when he surrendered in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija while Ka Romy turned in one .38-caliber revolver, eight pieces of .38-caliber ammunition, one rifle grenade, and assorted medicines in Arayat town, this province on Tuesday.

Likewise, he said joint elements of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office, and the Philippine Army facilitated the withdrawal of support to the communist organization of the 15 members of two farmers’ groups, also in San Jose City on Tuesday.

Pasiwen said the CPP-NPA sympathizers are members of Liga ng Manggagawang Bukid (LMB) and Alyansang Mangbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon (AMGL) under the Kilusan ng Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (KMP).

He said the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are continuously encouraging the remaining supporters of the CPP-NPA to return to the government’s side and make the country free from any kind of terrorism.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The National Democratic Front has been formally designated as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Terrorism Council on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA created in April 1973. (PNA)