From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 27): Iloilo lauds 8 Alsa Masa members for fighting NPAs
The Iloilo provincial government through its Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) on Tuesday recognized eight members of the Alsa Masa who fought with the troops from the 61st Infantry Battalion in its encounter with the members of the New People's Army (NPA) last June 30 in Leon town.
Provincial Director Teodora Sumagaysay, in an interview with the Capitol Press, said that these Alsa Masa members were given certificates in recognition of their bravery in fighting the rebels and protecting their fellowmen in their community specifically in Barangay Lampaya, Leon, Iloilo.
To recall the troops of the 61st IB encountered with the members of NPA in Leon last Tuesday as part of its pursuit for the rebels who raided the Maasin town police station last June 18.
Sumagaysay mentioned that the members of PPOC was considering to give cash incentives to these eight "Alsa Masa" members.
However, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. expressed his wish to provide them with livelihood program so it would be lasting.
Sumagaysay said that the office of the governor has yet to identify the livelihood to be provided to them.
The awarding of certificates to the Alsa Masa members was conducted Tuesday morning at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol board room.