Tuesday, March 19, 2019

NOLCOM: Collaborative efforts of NOLCOM's 5ID, LGUs and PNP made surrender of over 1000 rebels possible

Posted to the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) Website (Mar 19, 2019): Collaborative efforts of NOLCOM's 5ID, LGUs and PNP made surrender of over 1000 rebels possible


Authenticated by: MAJ ERICSON C BULOSAN (INF) PA
Chief, Public Information Office, NOLCOM, AFP...
Date: March 19, 2019


Camp Aquino, Tarlac City – The joint efforts of the Provincial government of Cagayan and the 5th Infantry Division (5ID) triggered the surrender of over 1000 former members of leftist groups such as Anakpawis and others to return to the folds of the government yesterday (March 18, 2019) at the Provincial Capitol of Cagayan.

Said rebel returnees swore their oath of loyalty and allegiance to the government during the Flag Raising Ceremony led by Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba and was witnessed by the employees of Cagayan’s Provincial Government.

Rebel returnees like Purita Rodriguez, former leader of Anakpawis and Malou Atendino shared their experience being part of the New People’s Army and reminded the people to not be swayed by the false ideologies that these terrorist groups aim for. They both encouraged the remaining rebels to abandon their armed struggle against the government and live a peaceful life as they assure the help that the government is willing to give in the form of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Both former rebels (FRs) expressed their deepest gratitude to the government and the soldiers who helped them in their peaceful surrender.

After the Oath taking, the rebel returnees mingled with the police force, the soldiers, and government officials as they shake hands and embrace the FRs, welcoming them into the mainstream society.

The 5ID heightens its efforts in pressuring these terrorist groups to abandon their armed struggle and downgrade/reduce insurgency in their area of responsibility.

Facilitating the surrender of over 1000 rebel returnees is a huge achievement for the 5ID.

With this positive development, NOLCOM Commander, LTGEN EMMANUEL B SALAMAT expressed his gratitude for the support provided to the NOLCOM troopers by the local government of Cagayan, the PNP and the community. The collaborative efforts made by all stakeholders would finally lead the nation to a state of lasting peace and sustainable development.

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