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Army welcomes new recruits amid anticipated NPA build up

/ 07:01 PM December 06, 2017
REBEL THREAT Members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) train in their Sierra Madre stronghold. President Duterte has said he would classify theNPA as a terrorist group. —INQUIRER PHOTO

Members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) train in their Sierra Madre stronghold. President Duterte has classified the NPA as a terrorist group. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Amid an anticipated intensified recruitment of the New People’s Army, the Philippine Army in Davao City welcomed a new batch of militiamen to its ranks on Wednesday.

Two companies of civilian active auxiliaries (CAA) ended a 45-day training, with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as guest of honor at the closing ceremonies, Col. Ernesto Torres Jr., commander of 1003rd Brigade, said in a statement.

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The Army said there were about 235 graduates recruited into service.

READ: Duterte to NPA rebels: I’ll make you soldiers if you surrender

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Some of the new recruits will later join the 80 candidate-soldiers expected to graduate later this year. They will mainly serve as security forces in ancestral domains within Davao City to complement their respective Army units.

“The recruitment was anchored on the provisions of Indigenous People’s Rights Act and has undergone a series of consultation with the tribes prior the implementation,” Torres said.

The civilian active auxiliaries are paramilitary units composed of largely volunteer reservists supervised by regular troops responsible for providing guidance and control.

The military said on Tuesday that it is expecting an intensified recruitment of communist rebels after President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the peace talks and officially tagged the rebels as terrorists. The NPA, meanwhile, has ordered its members to step up its attacks against security forces. /jpv

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