13 former rebels receive remuneration for surrendered firearms

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2020   •   524

13 former rebels receive remuneration for surrendered firearms

Former rebels on Tuesday (March 24) received remuneration for surrendering and turning over their firearms to the government.

Under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the 13 former rebels received P688,000 worth of firearm remuneration during a ceremony at Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal.

According to 202nd Brigade Commander Col. Alex Rillera, they are coordinating with local government units (LGUs) and government agencies to ensure that former rebels receive grants even amid the enhanced community quarantine.

“The government’s ability to deliver on its promises, despite the ongoing national and global crisis, is a manifestation of the government’s sincerity to forge peace and usher progress and development,” he said.

Under the government’s E-CLIP, former rebels can receive up to P700,000 worth of benefits, including livelihood assistance, as well as, health and education services. — AAC

Duterte offers P2-M bounty for the capture of NPA commanders

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has offered a P2-million bounty to anyone who can provide information on the whereabouts of leaders or commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Aside from this, the President promised to protect the informant and also to provide him or her with a livelihood package. 

“Kung sino ang makakapagturo (To anyone who can report to us [their location]),” he said.

Tapos doon sa Army o pulis, kapag ikaw ang nagturo at nahuli ang komander na mabigat, may hati ka diyan sa pera pero aalisin kita sa lugar mo. Kung taga-Abra ka, ihatid kita sa Mindanao. Bibigyan kita ng lupa at doon ka na lang,” he added.

(Then to a member of the Army or police, if you are the one who could capture a high-profile commander, you will have a share in the bounty but I will reassign you somewhere else. If you are in Abra, I will send you to Mindanao. I will give you a land and you can stay there.)

The President’s offer comes after the recent attacks by the NPA against government forces that were providing security in the distribution of aid in provinces affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. MNP (with information from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte threatens to declare martial law if NPA attacks continue

Marje Pelayo   •   April 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte emphatically threatened to declare martial law if ‘lawlessness’ and attacks by New People’s Army (NPA) will continue against government forces escorting aid distribution in villages amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

In his public address aired on Friday (April 24) the President said he is directing the military and police for that matter.

“I am now warning everybody and putting notice to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and police. I might declare martial law and there will be no turning back,” President Duterte said.

Army officials have reported recent attacks by NPA rebels on government relief operations such as in Aurora province and in Davao City, killing two soldiers and wounding two others, respectively.

According to the Constitution, any part of the country may be placed under military or martial rule “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.”

On April 16, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the political arm of the NPA, announced that it was extending the unilateral ceasefire with government forces until the end of April to give priority to COVID-19 response. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

READ: Ceasefire extension with NPA up to Duterte, anti-insurgency task force – Palace

Ceasefire extension with NPA up to Duterte, anti-insurgency task force – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The decision on whether or not to extend the administration’s unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels is up to President Rodrigo Duterte and the National Task Force on Ending Local Armed Conflict, Malacañang said on Sunday.

“On whether government would extend the unilateral ceasefire, this matter is something the National Task Force on Ending Local Armed Conflict can discuss with the President,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

The government’s declaration of unilateral ceasefire against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) lapsed on April 15 while the rebels extended its truce until April 30 or until the end of the COVID-19 Luzon-wide community quarantine.

However, Roque said the rebels violated their own declaration of ceasefire when they “forcibly seized relief goods last April 7 intended for Barangay Guinmayohan residents in Balangiga, Eastern Samar” who were affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

“The call for peace is everyone’s desire and it has become more urgent in the present state of calamity and public health emergency,” he said.

“We find it, however, unfortunate that the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) themselves violated their own declaration of truce in the form of violent armed encounters with government troops,” he added.

The CPP earlier denied it was behind the incident in Samar, accusing the military of resorting to outright lies and propaganda amid the COVID-19 crisis.

But the Armed Forces of the Philippines stood by the veracity of its report against the CPP-NPA. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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