DAVAO CITY – The Police Regional Office 11 (PRO 11) led the send-off ceremony of the 38 former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Tamugan here, on Monday.
PRO 11 regional director Brigadier General Filmore Escobal in his message during the ceremony said the former NPA members underwent a series of De-Radicalization sessions after they surrendered to the assigned cops of Revitalized – Pulis sa Barangay in Tamugan several months ago.
Escobal said these former rebels were turned-over to Tamugan Barangay Captain Diomedes Dela Cruz as they will be reintegrated back to the community.
“Kami nagpasalamat sa inyong kooperasyon kay karon magsugod ang inyong panginabuhi balik sa community (We are thankful with your cooperation because this day will the start of your new life going back to the mainstream community),” addressing the former rebels, Escobal said.
He said the government is now processing their benefits under the Enhanced Community Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and other programs that would aid them in their new life.
Dela Cruz thanked Escobal for returning 38 former NPA members to the community who are members of the Matigsalog Tribe.
The village chief said the programs implemented by the R-PSB in their barangay really gave impact to the lives of their residents.
Dela Cruz told the former NPA members that they will begin to live free without any conflict.
“Ato ng ilhon ang CPP-NPA nga persona-non-grata dili na ta modawat sa ila pagbalik tungod sa ilang gibuhat sa gidugayon (We will now declare CPP-NPA as persona-non-grata and we will not accept them anymore for what they for the long time),” he said.
Aida Seissa, the leader of the 38 former rebels said she really encouraged her comrades to surrender to the authorities due to the hardships they have experienced under the movement.
She said the deployment of R-PSB in the remote barangays made them realized that they can still rely on the government.
“Kami boluntaryo nga mi-surrender sa R-PSB og dinhi sa PRO 11 kay tungod nakita namo ilang kamatinud-anon (We voluntarily surrendered to R-PSB under PRO 11 because we really feel their sincerity),” Seissa said.