Hundreds of former rebels meet with Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) — More former rebels were welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Wednesday.

The 241 rebels arrived at Villamor Air Base Tuesday, and were welcomed at a ceremony hosted by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero in Camp Aguinaldo today.

Prior to meeting the President, the former rebels were toured around Luneta and Intramuros, and met with other former members of the New People's Army (NPA).

Joint Task Force–National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) Commander, BGen Alan Arrojado said “better life awaits former rebels who were to go back to the folds of the law through enhanced government programs."

This is the second batch of former rebels welcomed by the President this year.

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According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, there is a third batch of surrenderees however, their arrival and meeting withe the President will be revealed at a later date.

The President has said that he would give full protection for communist rebels who lay down their arms and join the government fold.

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CNN Philippines Correspondent Triciah Terada and Senior Digital Producer Pia Garcia contributed to this story.