7 Former Rebels in Iloilo get gov’t aid

MIAGAO, ILOILO – A total of seven Former Rebels (FRs) in Iloilo received firearms remuneration, immediate cash and livelihood assistance through the Enhanced–Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E–CLIP) on Monday, October 12, 2020.

The turn-over of assistance was held at Governors Hall, Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City.

Iloilo Governor, Hon. Arthur R. Defensor Jr. led the distribution of the E–CLIP package assistance to the FRs together with Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay, DILG-Iloilo; Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara; Commanding Officer of the 61st Infantry Battalion; Police Colonel Gilbert Gorero, IPPO Provincial Director, and Rev. Reynaldo Romero, Civil Society Organization Representative.

The beneficiaries received a total of 589, 000 pesos E-CLIP assistance.

According to the former rebels (FRs), the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) promised them to support and provide the financial needs of their family if they join in the organization, but in reality this are just false promises. They decided to abandon the armed movement after realizing that they are fighting for a senseless struggle.

Meanwhile, Ltc Batara said this peace advocacy program shows that our government is serious in giving the former rebels a chance to start a new and peaceful life.

Likewise, Batara assured that the Philippine Army will always support the former rebels not only through empowerment but likewise by giving them security assistance as they return to the mainstream society.

“As we turn their dreams for a peaceful life into reality through E-CLIP, we are looking forward to more number of rebels not only in Iloilo but in whole Panay laying down their firearms to embrace peace and development,” he added.