Thursday, June 18, 2020

22 former rebels in Agusan del Norte receive financial aid

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 18, 2020): 22 former rebels in Agusan del Norte receive financial aid  (By Nora C. Lanuza)

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 -- At least 22 former rebels (FRs), who surrendered in Agusan del Norte, received a total of P2.8 million cash assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) and firearm remuneration.

According to Provincial Director Ellen Vee Chua of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Agusan del Norte, each FR received P86,000 comprising government's livelihood, immediate and reintegration assistance that can be used to start a new and peaceful life with their families far from chaos and abuses.


In an interview with one of the former rebels, Alyas Karla, who was recruited when she was still 14 years old, said the terrorists took advantage of her innocence by giving her false hope that they will help her finish her studies. She expressed thanks to the government for the new life she has now.

Alias Boyka, one of the FRs, also cited that living a peaceful life with his family is the main reason why he left the Communist New People's Army Terrorist (CNT) group.

Meanwhile, 10 FRs received firearms remuneration during the activity. Director Chua said the cash incentives that they received depend on the type of firearms surrendered.

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Among the firearms they have surrendered included two .45 caliber pistols, two M16 rifles and three carbine rifles. The firearms the former rebels also surrendered to the 29th Infantry Battalion included one M14 rifle, one .38 caliber pistol, one AK-47 rifle, one carbine rifle, and one shotgun.

Agusan del Norte Governor Dale B. Corvera, Agusan del Norte Representative Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, DILG Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion, BGen. Maurito Licudine, and PCol. Ramir Perlito Perlas led the distribution of the assistance and witnessed by the Provincial Peace and Order Council members held in Butuan City.

Also, during the meeting, Rep. Matba expressed her full support for the passage of the anti-terrorism bill.

“Let’s support the Anti-Terrorism Bill to completely end terrorism and wipe out the CNTs and its supporters," she said.

"Let us not forget the sacrifices that our military and police are doing for us,” she added. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

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