CAMP ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan — Fourteen members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and 185 members of Kalipunan Ng Damayang Mahihirap Kadamay Group (KADAMAY), the alleged urban poor front organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) operating in the area, voluntarily denounced armed struggle and surrendered to the authorities on Thursday (Dec. 5).
Present during the program were Governor Daniel Fernando, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Director, Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia; and Pandi Mayor Enrico Roque.
Libunao said the surrenderers are eligible of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
E-CLIP is one of the flagship programs of the Duterte administration which aims to provide social equity to former members of the CPP-NPA-NDF (National Democratic Front) and the Militia ng Bayan to reintegrate them into mainstream society.
The E-CLIP provides a wide array of benefits such as financial assistance, shelter, education, skills training, healthcare and legal assistance through a convergence of various national and local government agencies.
Sermonia, for his part, lauded the effort of the local municipality of Pandi town headed by Mayor Roque and Major Joy Placido, Pandi chief of police, who initiated the “balik-loob” program.
“Maraming salamat (sa) inyong pagbabalik loob. Dahil sa inyong presensya ngayong umaga, nabawasan ang posibilidad na may batang iiyak dahil sa nawalan ng ama o asawa na magluluksa. (Thank you for returning back to the mainstream society. With your presence this morning, the possibility that there is a child crying due to the loss of a father or a wife mourning will be lessened),” he said.
The PRO-3 chief said the national government is serious in maintaining peace and order in line with Executive Order No. 70, known as National Task Force-End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
Fernando assured that the provincial government of Bulacan will provide social services and employment opportunities to the rebel returnees.
“The provincial government of Bulacan is implementing sustainable livelihood programs as well as scholarship programs for rebel returnees,” he said.
Meanwhile, thirty-two suspects were arrested in a one-day relentless anti-crime drive of Bulacan Police on Wednesday (Dec. 4) and Thursday (Dec. 5) morning.
Libunao said that strings of operations are in adherence to the directive of the PRO3 to intensify, to reinvigorate and to focus on the anti-criminality drive and anti-insurgency efforts of the PNP.
Libunao further stated that these recent accomplishments particularly in the arrest of wanted persons, people involved in illegal drugs, and street crimes were the results of the strong support of all local chief executives in the anti-criminality campaigns of Bulacan Police.
PNP operatives in Bulacan have arrested a total of 32 individuals, 10 of them have standing warrant of arrests for various crimes, 9 were arrested for illegal drugs, and 13 were arrested for violation of other special laws and local ordinances.
It was learned that different buy-bust operations were conducted by the operatives of Malolos, San Ildefonso, Bulakan and San Jose Del Monte Police Stations resulted to the arrest of the suspects. (RONDA BALITA Online)