From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 5): Six former rebels get LGU assistance
Six former rebels received six sacks of high-breed corn and one sack of rice
each from the local government unit (LGU) of Kapalong, Davao del Norte a week
after they surrendered to the government.
Captain Harold Ho, civil-military operations officer of the 1003rd Infantry
Brigade identified the recipients as Otoy Boy-ang, Lino Molohinday, Randy
Agbang, Maugan Malibato, Gamai Mai and Botchoy Mantog, who all hail from Sitio
Mulig, Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte.
He said the military facilitated the initial assistance which came from the
local government of Kapalong.
Ho said the six surrenderers qualify to receive benefits under the
Comprehensive Local Integration Program after they laid down two Carbine rifles,
two magazines with two live bullets and home-made explosives when they
surrendered to the 84th Infantry Battalion in Feb. 24.
“We are facilitating the initial assistance in coordination with the
Municipal Agriculturist’s Office while the municipal government gave away six
sacks of rice to help the surrenderers and their families,” he said.
Col. Buenaventura Pascual, commander of the 1003rd Infantry Division welcomed
the latest surrenderer and assured assistance to the rebels who wish to return
to the mainstream society and to start their lives anew.
He urged rebels who want to return home to send surrender feelers either
through the soldiers, members of the clergy, religious pastors or the local
“I am very happy for this, as a clear indication that we are winning the
peace. Indeed, it reinforces our commitment, the joy of having our brothers
back,” he said.