SARA URGES REBELS TO DISCLOSE REASONS FOR JOINING ARMED GROUP
DAVAO CITY- In a recent short dialogue with rebel surrenderees, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio urged them to disclose reasons and issues for joining the armed group so that the City Government can address and their free access to government programs.
A commanding officer of the Pulang Bagani Command 2 a.k.a Bong and his assistant a.k.a Igong were formally presented to the mayor and Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) in the recent change of command ceremony of 1003rd Infantry Brigade at Purok 9, Barangay Mahayag, Bunawan District.
The city has established the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for the rebel returnees wherein each rebel will receive livelihood assistance and firearms remuneration from the City Government of Davao. The cash assistance of the returnees comes along with livelihood training, rehabilitation and monitoring before they return to the community.
Under the said program each former rebels (FR) will have his/her own integration plan depending on his skills. The city government of Davao will help facilitate for their certificate that they can use for employment.
In his report presentation, Lt. Col Oscar Partuza, commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Battalion the rebels commander a.k.a Bong and vice commander a.k.a Igong respectively surrendered to 3rd Infantry Battalion after an encounter on March 22, 2019. Both carried two M16A1 rifles, one caliber .45 pistol and one 9mm Glock pistol.
During the debriefing the rebels shared information that led to the recovery of an M4 carbine and six other M16 rifles.
Mr. Partuza said that a five-minute encounter transpired while the troops are on the process of validating the information of the presence of Communist NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) members in Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District before the mentioned rebels surrendered.
He said the firefight resulted in the death of one CNTG member and the capture of one M16 rifle and one cal. 45 pistol. Prior to the encounter and surrender, the people of Barangay Tambobong have already declared the CNTG as persona non grata in their Barangay and Tribal Communities on February 25, 2019.
Mr. Santos reiterated the call to the NPA to surrender and for other stakeholders to assist in facilitating.
“With the help of our different stakeholders who always there to help, come down and avail of the social reform program of the government for you to rejoin the mainstream. The surrender is proof that the NPAs are now losing not only regular members but also leaders,” he added