From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Mar 5): PEACE EFFORTS | Third batch of Former Rebels visits Manila
CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The third batch of Former Rebels (FR) will be flown to Manila today March 5, 2018 via Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft from Davao City.
Like the previous two tours, the former rebels will dine with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang.
The group is part of the 683 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels from different parts of Eastern Mindanao that were presented to the President on December 21, 2017, at Panacan, Davao City.
The tour aims to give the FRs a better perspective in life, particularly in peace-building and nationalism. It is part of the government’s continuing activity of reintegrating the former rebels in the mainstream society.
Part of their tour will be a historical and heritage trip Luneta and Intamuros, a Welcome Ceremony at Camp Gen Emilio Aguinaldo, to be hosted by General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, AFP Chief of Staff, a tour and dinner at Malacanan and a visit to a mall.
Prior to their dinner with the President, they will also get a chance to interact with other former NPA members who now work as advocates of peace and development.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command reiterates the willingness and openness of EMC to assist NPAs who are willing to surrender.
“We are committed and more than willing to accommodate NPAs who want to return to the folds of the law and take part in building a nation of peace for progress and development. The programs lined up for the 683 FRs and the community programs being implemented in the different communities are manifestations of the social economic reforms being implemented by the government.” Lt. Gen. Madrigal Jr. said. AES / MCAG