5 ex-rebels get assistance

FIVE former communist rebels, who are from Bukidnon province but yielded to authorities in Abra province, received cash assistance at the Philippine Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters in Malaybalay City on Saturday, July 28.

Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Eric Vinoya said the surrenderers received P10,000 cash assistance each from the Provincial Government of Bukidnon during a turnover ceremony on Saturday morning.

The surrenderers were identified as alias Marco, 18, from Malaybalay City; alias Jomar, 17, from San Fernando town; alias Gerald, 17; alias Macoy, 18; and alias Deboni, 19, all from Barangay Cawayan in San Fernando in Bukidnon.

Vinoya said the former rebels were turned over to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-Clip) of the province after they have surrendered to the Army’s 7th Infantry Division in Lagangilang town in Abra on July 5.

“When we found-out that there were NPA surrenderers in Abra that are from Bukidnon, we immediately took effort to find their families and coordinated for their safe trip back here in Bukidnon,” Vinoya said.

He added that it was previously reported to them that some NPA rebels were being transferred to other areas earlier this year to reinforce their decreasing forces.

“On the part of the armed forces, we are willing to help NPA rebels who wanted to go back to the folds of the law and live a normal life with their families,” Vinoya said.

Each rebel surrenderee received cash assistance from the local government under Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr. that is over and above the assistance that is being process under the E-Clip.


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