Tired of incessant fighting and being separated from their loved ones, nine New People's Army (NPA) fighters surrendered to the Eastern Mindanao Command units last January.
Major Ezra Balagtey, Eastern Mindanao Command spokesperson, said on Monday that four of the rebels also yielded their weapons to military authorities.
Most of the surrenders took place upon the lifting of the Dec. 19, 2014-Jan. 19, 2015 Christmas truce.
Aside from the surrender of the nine rebels, 13 NPA encampments were also captured in Davao del Norte,
and CARAGA Region. Compostella Valley
"This result of the security operations in the region is a manifestation of the good support being received by the troops from the people who manifest that they don’t want the bandits to be in their midst," Eastern Mindanao Command head Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad said.
He added that they will continue to facilitate peace and development in the countryside and ensure the safety of the communities.
"While we are pursuing our mandate of securing the communities from lawless group like the NPAs, we will continue to facilitate peace and development in the countryside with our Bayanihan Teams and assist government instrumentalities in the delivery of basic services," Baladad said.