17 former rebels
get 65K financial assistance in N. Cotabato
Battalion, 8ID PA
February 15, 2019
AMAS, Kidapawan City
– Seventeen former rebels who surrendered to the Army here received
P65,000 each from the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive
Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
The distribution of checks
was done during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC)
meeting at Cotabato Provincial Capitol with 901st Infantry Brigade
commander Brigadier General Larry Mojica and other Army field
commanders, DILG Provincial Director Ali Abdula and Governor Emmylou
Colonel Ehrlich Noel
Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion (19IB) based
in Arakan, Cotabato said that 13 of the 17 were formerly regular
members of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) who surrendered to 19IB
“These are the first batch
of Indigenous Peoples (IP) rebels who surrendered amidst our
intensified combat operations in Arakan Valley Complex last year.
The former rebels were compelled to return to the folds of law due
to infighting and corruption within the NPA organization”, Paraso
“I did not expect that all
of this financial assistance will be given to me. This is truly a
big help to my family”, said Alias Omar, one of the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries received
P65,000 each or P15,000 as immediate assistance and P50,000 as
Paraso also confirmed that
the financial assistance for “Alias Jimboy”, one of the
beneficiaries, who was killed by the NPA, was already received by
Alias Jimboy was
treacherously slain by his former comrades while visiting his family
in Magpet town on August last year.