GUIMBA, Nueva Ecija – Twenty-three former New People’s Army rebels turned their backs on their movement and pledged their support to the government during simple oath-taking ceremonies held here on Thursday.
In a report to Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 director Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. De Leon, Col. Jaime O. Santos, Nueva Ecija provincial police director, said these former insurgents, who were members of the Liga ng Manggagawang Bukid-Alyansang Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon (LMB-AMGL), took their oath of allegiance to the government in Bgy. Casongsong at 11 a.m. here.
During the activity, Santos said the former rebels denounced the CPP-NPA-NDF and vowed to support President Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70, institutionalizing the whole of nation approach to attain inclusive and sustainable peace, creating the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict.
Aside from Santos and the 23 former rebels, other signatories to the manifesto were Mayor Jose “Boyong-Boyong” Dizon; Lt. Col. Barnard Danie Dasugo, 2nd provincial mobile force company commander; Guimba police head Lt. Col. Norman Cacho; Army 1st Lt. Ralph Andy Ranario of the 84th IB; Katherine Lapuz, DILG municipal officer; and Ricardo Gamay, chairperson of the LMB.
Grocery packs were also distributed to the former rebels as part of PRO3’s Barangayanihan project in Central Luzon initiated by De Leon.
Santos explained that the mass withdrawal of the former rebels was facilitated by the 2nd PMFC with the help of the local police, DILG-Guimba, PIU-NEPPO, RIU3, RID PRO3, 303rd MC RMFB3 and Alpha Company, 84th IB, 7th Infantry Division.
“The PNP will continue to be persistent in its operations against the CTGs in this part of the country and will further intensify its programs in line with Executive Order No. 70 for the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict,” said Santos, reiterating the directive of De Leon to urge leftists to return to the folds of the law as part of PNP chief General Guillermo T. Eleazar’s Intensified Cleanliness Program in the community.