27 ex-NPA rebels receive cash reward in Bukidnon

By Mel Madera

July 5, 2018, 4:54 pm

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon--Twenty-seven former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) received cash remunerations for their surrendered firearms, military officials said.

Captain Norman Tagros, civil military operations chief of the Army's 403rd Infantry Brigade, on Thursday said a total of PHP655,000 were given to the former NPA rebels during a ceremony on July 2 at Camp Osito Bahian, this city.

Tagros said each rebel received an amount ranging from PHP2,000 to PHP80,000, depending on the kind and quality of the firearms surrendered, as evaluated by authorities.

Aside from the firearms remuneration, the former NPA rebels will also be receiving their livelihood assistance amounting to PHP65,000 each from the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP), Tagros said.

Brig. Gen. Eric C. Vinoya, commander of 403IB, voiced appreciation to the former rebels' decision to leave the communist guerilla group and "embrace peace."  

Vinoya made an assurance that aside from the cash and livelihood assistance, the former rebels will also receive housing assistance, employment, and PhilHealth benefits. (Mel B. Madera/PNA)