Over 100 Reds lay down arms since March: AFP

Posted at 06/12/14 6:04 PM

MANILA - Over 100 members of the New People's Army (NPA) have surrendered since the arrest of top communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon last March, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

"The increasing number of NPAs surrendering to the government fold is attributed to the group's weakened leadership following the arrest of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon," AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.

The Tiamzons were arrested in Aloguinsan town in Cebu last March 22 by virtue of warrants for multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder.

The AFP said Benito is the chairman while Wilma is the secretary general of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) - NPA.

They are detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame.

Based on military information, the number of NPA rebels in the country is at 4,000 as of the end of 2013.