By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — Thirty-seven former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) formalized their surrender by taking their “Oath of Allegiance” on Wednesday at National Capital Region Police Provincial Office (NCRPO) Hinirang Hall, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City, PNP Chief Rodolfo S Azurin Jr. said.

Citing the report of Police Brigadier General Jonnel Estomo, NCRPO Regional Director, PGen Azurin said that the surrenderers voluntarily took their pledge of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines, in effect, renouncing their membership to the communist terrorist group and abandon the leftist ideology.

According to the report, since August 11, 2022, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and Regional Intelligence Division facilitated the peaceful surrender of these thirty-seven former rebels. However, the identities of the said former rebels are withheld for security reasons.

During the event, former rebels shared their stories and experiences as living proof of how CPP-NPA-NDF through their legal fronts are recruiting and inculcating leftist ideologies and ruining the lives of Filipinos, especially the youths.

“Their withdrawal of allegiance to the CPP-NPA-NDF is a huge setback to the mainstream CTG as they took a significant role in sustaining their existence by providing vital information, food, medicines, and other combat materials” PNP Chief, PGen Azurin said.

An Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) Orientation was also initiated to provide them with sufficient information regarding the community-based capacity-building program of the government which aims to improve the socio-economic status of the former rebels.

PGen Azurin said that these concerted efforts of various government units and private sectors are in support of Executive Order No. 70, the End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in its continued pursuit to end insurgency in the country and attain sustainable peace and in line with the “Kapayapaan Program MKK=K”
(Malasakit, Kaayusan, Kapayapaan, and Kaunlaran), which aspires to lasting peace.

The Chief PNP also expressed his gratitude to different national government agencies such as the Joint Task Force-NCR, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education And Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Local Government Units of Quezon City and other agencies and Non-Government Organizations for their indispensable commitment and unwavering support to the endeavors of the PNP on welcoming rebels through peaceful engagement reorientation, especially among affected areas.

“Sa mga namumuno sa ating kumunidad at sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan, sana’y tulungan natin at suportahan ang ating mga rebel returnees. Ating iparamdam ang pagtanggap sa lipunan para sa panibagong buhay na kanilang kakaharapin” PGen Azurin added.

After their oath, a signing of a manifesto and documentation followed. Meanwhile, food packs and health kits were also distributed to them. (ai/mtvn)

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