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54 Ex-Militant Farmers in Tarlac Withdraw Support from NPA

Farmers Withdraw Support from NPA
Farmers Withdraw Support from NPA

The New People’s Army (NPA) faces a setback as 54 farmers in Tarlac province officially withdraw their support from the communist group. The farmers, former members of Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon (AMGL), made this decision in Barangay Balete, Tarlac City. The event, overseen by the Philippine Army’s 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 702nd Brigade, and the Philippine National Police – Tarlac, was part of the efforts of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 1st Civil Relations Group Commander Maj. Al Anthony Pueblas confirmed the withdrawal in a statement on Thursday. In response, Lt. Col Jeszer Bautista, commander of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, commended the former AMGL members for their commitment to peace. As well as the progress. He cautioned them against falling prey to the NPA’s old tactics. Emphasizing the importance of not succumbing to promises that may perpetuate poverty in the farming sector.

Following their withdrawal, the farmers are set to join the Malayang Magbubukid ng Hacienda Luisita. An organization of former NPA supporters and members in Tarlac. This development underscores the ongoing efforts to counteract the influence of the New People’s Army. It also promote stability in the region.

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