Saturday, June 1, 2019

Surrendered militants to get gov’t aid

From the Mindanao Examiner (Jun 1, 2019): Surrendered militants to get gov’t aid

MARAWI CITY – The Philippine Army said the government is ready to provide aid to pro-ISIS militants who surrendered peacefully and returned to the fold of the law.

Over a hundred militants had surrendered to the government since last year after security forces defeated them in Marawi in 2017 following a deadly siege that left the city in ruins and displaced residents.

Abu Saif, a former pro-ISIS militant who surrendered to the military, is among those who will receive aid from the government. (Gian Raman)

The surrendered militants have undergone a process aimed at identifying what government programs are necessary for them to live a normal life with their family.

The 103rd Infantry Brigade is tasked to run the process and provide inputs to the government which shall decide what programs and aid would be given to those who surrendered. Most of these programs are financial aid and livelihood skills training, among others.

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