555 NPA fighters 'neutralized,' says AFP


Posted at Feb 06 2013 07:58 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2013 03:58 AM

MANILA - A total of 555 fighters of the communist New People's Army (NPA) were "neutralized" last year, the military claimed on Wednesday.

Armed Forces spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said of the number, 367 rebels surrendered while the rest were either killed or captured by government troops.

On the other hand, the rebels allegedly killed 164 soldiers and civilians in 2012.

The NPA's strength has been reduced to just over 4,000 armed fighters as of end 2012, according to Armed Forces public affairs deputy chief Maj. Emmanuel Garcia.

Burgos said the NPA was involved in 374 violent incidents last year, which resulted in the deaths of 53 civilians.

"Rounding up the statistics, an innocent civilian is killed by the NPA every week last year," he said.

The rebels also allegedly killed 81 soldiers, 8 police officers, and 22 militiamen.

Last month, the NPA launched 10 attacks that killed 3 soldiers and 10 civilians, Burgos said.