Governor reiterates call on rebels to surrender-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. reiterated his call on the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels to surrender so they can avail of the benefits that the government can give them.
"We are open to receive you 24/7. At the hinterlands, with the rebels you will never progress," Marañon said of his invitation.
He added that the government is sincere and willing to extend livelihood assistance and scholarships for the children of rebel returnees.
The governor issued the statement in the wake of the media pronouncement of the Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-SouthWest Negros chapter ignoring the localized peace talks pushed by the governor.
"What about them, what have they done to help the poor. The poor people in the hinterlands even gets poorer because the rebels would continue to extort revolutionary tax from them,” the governor pointed out.
The leftist would never appreciate what the government has been doing, Marañon said.
Since the start of his administration, Marañon has been inviting the NPA rebels to give up their arm struggle and go back to the folds of the government.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 05, 2013.