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Monday, November 29, 2021
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15 ex-rebels receive cash aid in Northern Samar

Photo from 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion-Philippine Army

SOME 15 former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) received cash assistance amounting to P5,000 each from the local government of Lope de Vega, Northern Samar.

Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Degay Jr., commanding officer of 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion, lauded the initiative of the local government unit, saying the recent distribution of financial assistance was “worthy of recognition and emulation.”

“The commendable efforts indicate how serious the government is in ending the insurgency problem by looking after the welfare of former rebels,” the army official said.

Lope de Vega Mayor Ana Palloc also urged other rebels “to peacefully lay down their arms and return to the mainstream society to contribute to peace and progress of the municipality.”

The 15 former rebels were already enrolled in the national government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-Clip, the Army said in a statement.

“The local government agencies are working hand in hand in serving various initiatives to help sustain the needs of the former rebels as part of the reintegration program of the government,” it added.

Poverty-stricken Samar Island has remained a hotbed of insurgency with the continued presence of the NPA, which has been waging a Maoist-inspired guerrilla war since the late 1960s. (SunStar Philippines)


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