From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jul 26): NEW LIFE | Turn-over of Five (5) Indigenous People former rebels
CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) facilitated the formal turn-over of five (5) Indigenous People who are former rebels from Bukidnon in a simple ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The said rebels, two (2) of which are minor (names withheld), are residents of San Fernando, Bukidnon and they were formally turned over to their families at Headquarters, Civil Relations Service, AFP (CRSAFP).
According to the surrenderees, the New People’s Army promised them livelihood in a piggery in Manila but instead they were recruited as child warriors and were incorporated under the “Kilusang Larangang Girilya” in North Abra were they experienced different forms of hardship.
They were even brought to University of the Philippines (UP) to join the Manilakbayan.
It was at this point that they decided to escape as they realized that it was not work that they got into.
In their escape, the five ended up in Barangay Poblacion, Licuan Baay, Abra, where they seeked the assistance of the Community Support Program team that brought them to the 24th infantry Battalon
After the formal turn-over, the five rebel returnees will be flown to Headquarters, 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army where they will be enrolled under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) for them to avail the various financial and livelihood assistance for rebel returnees. AES / NLE / ALS / MCAG