“In the local setting, rebels (of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army) who decide to go back to mainstream society always brings with them their firearms as a sign of goodwill and confidence building,” Detoyato said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when asked about the value of yielding weapons during the peace process.
“(The) laying down of arms is always a big part of a peace process. In the UN (United Nations), it’s also a part in the resolution of conflicts. DDR — disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration,” Detoyato said.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
Some 11,000 NPA fighters and supporters have surrendered to government troops since January 2018.