Cordillera armed group turns over firearms to police

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Cordillera Bodong Administration–Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA-CBA) turned over firearms to the Philippine National Police-Cordillera last week.

This is part of steps in the transformation of the CBA-CPLA from an armed group to a socio-economic group in the region.

More than 30 hand guns and rifles were turned over by members of the CBA-CPLA in Benguet to the Police Regional Office (PRO).

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process-Peace Accord Monitoring Secretariat Director Alexander Umpar said the event is the first leg of initial firearms inventory and valuation being conducted in the region. The firearms and the CBA-CPLA members will also be undergoing profiling to know who have firearms and what kind do they have.

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PRO-Cordillera regional director, Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong, said they have set the standards in the valuation policy which is being targeted to be done in April of 2013. He committed to fast track the valuation process as he urged the CBA-CPLA members turn-over their firearms before the targeted date.

CPLA Chairman Arsenio said the turnover and inventory is in fulfillment of the Closure Agreement signed between the government of the Philippines and the CBA-CPLA.

This will also show that they are now transforming and integrating themselves as a people’s organization and leaving their old rebel days, he said.

This proves that they are not proving themselves to be the peacekeeping force of the Cordillera when the region becomes an autonomous region.

Other provinces of the Cordillera will also turn over their firearms to the PNP in the next months.

More than 300 firearms are expected to be turned over and evaluated to the Cordillera Police. (Redjie Cawis)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 06, 2012.

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