Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 communist rebel returnees get P1.1M financial aid

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 14): 30 communist rebel returnees get P1.1M financial aid

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) on Tuesday gave some P1,145,450 to 30 communist rebel returnees from Danao City and Tuburan town in Cebu.
The cash aid was coursed through the Cebu Provincial Government. Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia and Provincial Board (PB) Member Sun Shimura distributed the checks to the former rebels at the Provincial Capitol worth a total of P1,145,450. Garcia said the money will be used by the former rebels to start a livelihood. Garcia said the Capitol also gave the former rebels P30,000 each before OPAPP gave the checks. "This will convince the rebels who are still in the mountains that they have a future if they surrender," he said. OPAPP representative Maricel Ballasola-Bantilo said the rebel returnees were already given P30,000 each right after their surrender a few years ago. Bantilo said OPAPP will monitor the livelihood program to be implemented by the rebel returnees.

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