Tuesday, May 20, 2014

97 former rebels surrendering to 4th Infantry Division

From the Philippine News Agency (May 20): 97 former rebels surrendering to 4th Infantry Division

Ninety-seven former New People's Army (NPA) fighters will formally surrender to the 4th Infantry Division on Wednesday.

The event, which is under the unit's “Pagbabalik Loob III” will be held at the grounds of the Provincial Capitol, in Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur on Wednesday morning.

The event will be hosted by Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza.

Lt. Col. Jose Leonard Gille, 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the surrenderees consists of 33 regular members of the NPA while 64 are members of the underground "Barrio Revolutionary Committees" and the "Militia ng Bayan".

The former rebels will be receiving a total of P881,750 as renumeration for the 93 assorted firearms they have surrendered to the military.

Gille said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista will be Wednesday's guest of honor and speaker.

Also expected in attendance are Eastern Mindanao Command head Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III and 4th Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Ricardo Visaya.

In a period of seven months, the 4th Infantry Division through “Pagbabalik I, II and III” have helped 204 former rebels with 201 firearms return back to the mainstream and gave a total amount of P4.2 million to them apart from other support package that includes: initial cash assistance of ₱15,000, livelihood assistance of ₱50,000 coming from the Office of the President Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and for those who are skilled farmers, the Department of National Defense has allotted a one-hectare lot which they can plant coffee seedlings.


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