BEUNAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – Ten (10) former NPA Rebels (FRs) are now the ones assisting the government in its effort to repack and distribute relief goods to those affected by the onslaught of the CORONA VIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19).

The said FRs returned to the folds of the law and are now under the care of the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion under the operational control of the 402nd Infantry Brigade.

On April 26, 2020, the Former Rebels join the Troops of 23IB, PNP, and the Local Government Unit of Las Nieves in the repacking, transporting, and distributing of food packs to the residents affected by the Corona virus Deases-19 crises.

Due to the presence of confirmed case of COVID-19 in CARAGA Ragion, an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was declared. The municipality of Las Nieves is included in the ECQ. Hence, residents stay in their homes while the LGU extends assistance in terms of food packs.

At the moment, a total of 4,376 relief packs were distributed to the affected populace of thirteen (13) barangays of said municipality. Each household beneficiary received six (6) kilograms of rice and assorted can goods.

One of the FRs expressed his gratitude for allowing them to serve the people by helping in the repacking and distribution of food packs. It has been their desire to help in the truest sense and they are happy that they are given an opportunity. Not like when they’re still in the underground movement that the people whom they will protect are the ones they are extorting foods and money.

“Nakabuhat mi’g kadaut sa mga katawhan sa una, among giguba ang kaugmaon ug relasyon sa mga pamilya, ug karon gusto namo ni bayluhan pinaagi sa pagtabang kanila labi na niining panahon sa krisis dala sa COVID-19.

Isip usa sa mga kanhing NPA nga nailad kaniadto sa mga CPP-NPA-NDF, akong gi-aghat ang akong mga kaubanan nga mubalik na sa sabakan sa balaod aron kamo manginabuhi na ug malinawon sama kanamo karon nga malipayon nang nagpuyo kauban ang among sa among pamilya.

” (We have done dreadful acts to the innocent people before; we have even destroyed the future and relationship of some families. Now that we are back in the folds of the government, we want to repay by helping them especially during this health crisis brought about by COVID-19. As one of the former NPA that was once deceived by the CPP-NPA-NDF, I encourage my former comrades to go back to the folds of the law and live peacefully with their family.”)- Hayson added.

Meanwhile, Lt Col Francisco L Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, thank the FRs for helping the government in extending assistance during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s overwhelming to note that the FRs now join us through manpower assistance especially in repacking and distributing foodpacks for the people. They realized that the government they are now with is the true government. And they are elated for the opportunity given to them to be part in extending assistance to the residents.” – Molina ended.