MALOLOS CITY, Oct.10 (PIA) — About 12 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Central Luzon have surrendered to authorities Wednesday after being heavily exploited by the communist group.
They were immediately given cash assistance and other forms of aid during the special meeting of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict III (RTF-ELCAC III) which was presided by Presidential Peace Adviser and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security Carlito G. Galvez Jr.
Among those who surrendered is an 18 year old girl who had a two-month-old child in tow.The returnees turned over six firearms and other weapons.
“The communists have no regard for the young ones like this baby, but we in the government, we protect them, including the children,” Galvez said.
Concerned government agencies will be conducting further assessments to determine the interventions to be provided to the former rebels.
Galvez encouraged the returnees to convince their comrades who are still in the mountains to return to the folds of the law. “They should return to the government. They should stop believing the communists because what they are saying are all lies,” he said.
According to Galvez, among the key areas the government is focusing on in the fight against the communist insurgency in Region 3 is preventing the recruitment of cadres, particularly among the youth sector.
Meanwhile, RTF-ELCAC III approved the implementation plans (IMPLANs) of the 10 clusters, which were formulated during the two-day convergence workshop in Pampanga last September.
The cluster IMPLANs detail the programs and activities that will be undertaken in support of Executive Order No. 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach in ending local communist armed conflict. (CLJD/SFV-PIA 3)
Source: PIA Feed