From Tempo (Jun 14): NPA fighter surrenders
TABUK, Kalinga – A 34-year-old New People’s Army (NPA) rebel surrendered last Wednesday to government authorities in Sitio Lig-lig, Barangay Gawaan, Balbalan, Kalinga province.
Major Emmanuel Garcia, chief of the Northern Luzon Command 1st Civil Relations Group, said Rommel A. Beyao, aka Zira, a member of the CPP-NPA-NDF (CNN) under one Rudy Daguitan, alias “Ka Pinpin,” surrendered to Army troopers in Kalinga.
Garcia said that Beyao is a member of the Squad Tres of the NPA’s Abraham Bannawagan Front operating in Kalinga province.
During tactical interrogation, Beyao said he decided to return to the fold of law since he could no longer tolerate the hardships in the mountain.
The surrenderee is now under the custody of Balbalan police.
The forum was attended by about one thousand faculty members, Moros and non-Moros alike, university staff, students and residents from neighbouring communities of Kabacan. In his welcome message, Prof. Badrodin encouraged the participants to listen attentively on the presentation of the speakers as they are very useful and enlightening. He also briefed the guests and participants on the mission, vision and goals of IMEAS and USM.
Two important issues presented and discussed were on the Annex on Normalization as contained in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Mr. Von Al Haqq, spokesman of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF-MILF) in his presentation clearly defined “Normalization and explained its processes by which communities can return to a peaceful life and pursue sustainable livelihood free from fear of violence and crime”.
He also said that, “It is a process that aims to provide human security focussed on the attainment of a political solution rather than a security solution”.
Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) was created to undertake a study and produce set of recommendations and appropriate mechanism to address the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people, correct historical injustices, and address human rights violations and marginalization through land dispossession, towards healing and reconciliation, Al Haqq further said.
He called on the MYRO and other youth organizations to play vital role in reshaping the seemingly shattered political, social, cultural and economic conditions of the Bangsamoro brought about by decades of conflict and violence.
He said that the gargantuan task of youth organization is counted most and may even serve as bed-rock foundation in promoting the broader spectrum of participation and understanding of all issues and concerns currently confronted by our people. Youth organizations must continue to work without let up for the future of this generation and the next generation to come. The youth is the hope of Bangsamoro Homeland”, Al Haqq added.
The Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL was presented by Atty. Lanang Ali, Jr. He explained that BBL is the governing law of the Bangsamoro political entity that defines its political, economic and social systems suitable to the Bangsamoro and the indigenous people (IP’s).
He added that the Bangsamoro political entity will enjoy a strong political and fiscal autonomy. Atty. Ali, Jr. explained further that the Bangsamoro is not an Islamic region but rather a democratic one where everybody can enjoy their basic rights under the Constitution and are protected by the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Dr. Alimen Sencil, USM Vice President for Resource Generations delivered a message on behalf of USM President Dr. Francisco Gil Garcia. He said that USM is very supportive for the attainment of peace and development in Bangsamoro and all undertakings relative thereto.
In his closing message this writer being the MYRO-USM adviser, thanked the speakers, guests and participants that attended and supported the activity. He described the importance of the peace forum which generated excellent exchange of ideas, provided correct and accurate information on the proposed Bangsamoro Government. He added that the presence of Muslim participants in the forum is considered worship to Allah.