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Army optimistic about peace in Panay

Aklan — The Philippine Army predicts that the island of Panay will be more peaceful as a result of the ongoing peace negotiations between the Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front (NDF).

“The peace process is necessary for our common good,” said Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tumnog of the 12th Infantry Battalion.

Panay(Photo courtesy of Google Map)

Panay(Photo courtesy of Google Map)

Based on intelligence gathered, Tumnog said there are still 140 active members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), in Panay.

Additionally, there are also 150 communist rebels in legal front groups.

Tumnog added the army wants to declare the entire Panay Island (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo provinces) as insurgency-free by the first quarter of 2017.