CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Philippine National Police kicked-off the new year by presenting 70 rebels who officially surrendered to the folds of the government.
“This was made possible through the efforts of members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict,” Police Regional Director PBGen. Rhodel Sermonia said in a press briefing Monday.
“33 surrendered last December 2019, 1 is a full-fledged member of the New People’s Army (NPA), 1 is a member of Anakbayan who was supposed to officially become a member of NPA, 1 is a member of Marxist Leninist Party of Philippines-Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan, 20 are regular members of NPA, and 14 are part of the White Area Committee,” Sermonia added.
Some of the rebel returnees likewise voluntarily surrendered five M-16 rifles.
Apart from them, the police also presented 250 former members of Kadamay Group who will be availing livelihood assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program.
“I thank you for surrendering. We can now be assured of not meeting you in an encounter that may result to deaths in either side. With your presence here, we can be assured that there will be little possibility of another grieving child because his mother or father or both were killed,” Sermonia told the returnees.
The official furthered that the approach of the government in addressing the insurgency problem is no longer limited to bullets and guns. It is now working at providing solutions to issues being exploited by the rebels.
Government agencies, local government units and civil society partners are now together in providing jobs, livelihood, healthcare and scholarship among others. (CLJD-PIA 3)
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Source: This news article PNP presents 70 new rebel returnees in Central Luzon was originally published in Philippine Information Agency by Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu