From Tempo (Nov 1): Rebel returnee abducted, killed
DAVAO CITY – A former member of the New People’s Army (NPA), who recently decided to return to the folds of the law, was gunned down by unidentified armed men last Tuesday in Barangay Dalagdag, Calinan here.
Captain Ernest Carolina, 10th Infantry Division information officer, said Arnel Recta, a rebel returnee, and his wife were in their farm in Barangay Callawa, Buhangin District here, last October 24 when armed men abducted them.
Captain Carolina said some witnesses saw the couple forcibly taken by armed men believed to be NPA rebels.
Since then, the couple had been missing until Recta’s body with bullet wounds was recovered by authorities on October 28. The whereabouts of his wife was not yet determined as of this writing.
Recta, a resident of Purok 14 in Barangay Callawa, surrendered to the elements of 69th Infantry Battalion in April of this year.
The symbolic transfer of the completed BDP will be witnessed by members of the MILF Central Committee, MILF line agencies, BDA, International Donors, development partners, GPH line agency secretaries and under-secretaries, academe, business groups and Bangsamoro people.
MILF Central Committee Chairman Ebrahim Murad will lead the significant event in the history of the Bangsamoro. The occasion, where more than 500 are expected to attend, banners the theme “Promoting Just, Honorable, Lasting Peace and Sustainable Development in the Bangsamoro.
The holistic plan reflects the aspirations and needs of the Bangsamoro people. It was crafted employing a tedious process of consultation with the Bangsamoro people including the Indigenous Peoples and settlers.
The BDP is an initiative of the MILF through the BDA which was supported by GPH and development partners. Guided by the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its Annexes, the plan will provide strategic directions for the delivery and upgrade of basic services in Bangsamoro communities during and beyond the transition period.
Donor agencies provided technical and financial support to the BDP formulation. International and local consultants were recruited to address the thematic areas of the BDP. Thematic areas are the following: economy, social, environmental and natural resources, politics, security, culture and identity, and the cross-cutting themes of gender and development, peace-building and youth
BDP’s short and midterm programs will provide equitable access to jobs and livelihood and establish rule of law, security and stability.
The programs are meant to (for the short term) smoothen the transition from the ARMM to the BTA to the New Bangsamoro Government and (for the mid and long term) lay the solid foundations for a just, lasting peace and prosperous Bangsamoro.
In the undertaking the BDP formulation, a Core Planning Team headed by the BDA Planning Officer and supported by consultants from World Bank, United Nations and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was created and served as the project secretariat and supervised the work of the different Cluster heads and thematic area consultants.
The World Bank, through the Mindanao Trust Fund, has been providing technical and logistical support to the BDA to manage the exhaustive process.