From the Philippine Information Agency (Apr 3, 2019): Peace rally calls on NPA members to go mainstream
DAVAO DEL NORTE —Hundreds pitched support for national government’s thrust to end insurgency in a peace rally held on March 29 at the Rotary Park in Tagum City.
Raising calls for members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to seek government support, participants to the rally were former rebels who returned to the fold of the law. Also joining the peace gathering were members of indigenous peoples (IP) communities, people’s organizations, socio-civic organizations while others were from local government units.
Army reservists, personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and people from the academe joined the peace rally “held in pursuit of peace in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley Province.”
Civil Military Operations (CMO), Captain Alan B. Apara of the 1001st Infantry Brigade in an interview said that part of their calls hoisted in placards were “work as one government for peace”, “good governance is the key to counter insurgency”, and “encourage NPA to go back to mainstream”.
The core of their calls was “peace” and that they were urging for NPA members to leave their underground movement while assuring them that President Rodrigo Duterte would help them live a normal way of life.
The peace rally in Tagum City was held simultaneously with the same event in Davao City where a candle-lighting event was an add-on feature of the call for peace.
Provincial government of Davao Oriental organized a Public Service Day that coincided with the March for Peace that took off from the Baywalk in the City of Mati to the Provincial Capitol Covered.
Among those that joined the Peace march rally in Davao Oriental were peace volunteers, peace advocates, women and youth groups, local and national line agencies aside from personnel of the military and the police.