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Paglaum, son of former NPA leader, a symbol of Hope in Davao Region

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MAWAB, DAVAO DE ORO – A Dedication for the newborn child of a former high-ranking NPA leader named Arian Jane Ramos alias Marikit was conducted at Kalinaw Village, Bunawan, Davao City yesterday afternoon, November 23, 2021.

Hon Sara Z Duterte, Mayor of Davao City, and MGen Ernesto C Torres Jr, Division Commander of 10ID together with his wife, Evangeline, attended the said event as godparents for Amir Vlad Paglaum Ramos, the second son of Arian who is the former Front Secretary of the Guerilla Front 55, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).

Indeed, it is a symbolic event as Paglaum’s Dedication enabled other former front secretaries and commanders of the 10ID to once again meet, this time not on a discussion table but a more personal and spiritual occasion.

Moreover, other godparents were Consolito P Yecla, 1003rd Brigade Commander; Eduardo S. Genelsa alias “Lando” former Commander of the dismantled PBC 6, former Front Secretary of the Guerilla Front 2, and former consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF); Kurt Russel Sosa alias Ugnay, former Front Secretary of the Weakened Guerilla Front 3, SMRC; and selected battalion commanders and officers of the 10th Infantry Agila Division.

“Isang napakalaking karangalan na mapili bilang Ninang ni Amir Vlad Paglaum Ramos, anak ni Ariane Ramos na dating nasa kabundukan at nakikipaglaban sa gobyerno. Ngunit ngayon, tinutulungan na kami ni Ariane na mapalawak pa ang pagsisilbi sa mga tao sa ating Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas. Sobra ang aking saya noong pumayag ang pamilya nila na kasali ang pangalan na “Paglaum” na aking suhestiyon. Paglaum means hope because each child is a blessing and hope for a better future!” Hon. Duterte said.

Meanwhile, MGen Ernesto C Torres Jr said, “I am privileged and grateful for being chosen as one of the godfathers of Paglaum, and with Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as one of the godmothers. I can say that he, Paglaum, will truly bring hope in achieving just and lasting peace not only in Davao Region where Arian (alias Marikit) operated before, but to the whole country as well. He is our living proof that ending this insurgency is possible. The event today is more than just a dedication of Paglaum, it carries with it a message of care, commitment and hope. A genuine care for those who needs to be nurtured. An expression of commitment from government officials, security sector, and the former rebels to work together for a better country. And a message of hope for a lasting peace na may Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na pamumuhay ang bawat Pilipino. With the harmonious relationship established with our former rebels and with the bond that we have formed through our love of God and country, we will surely achieve victory as a nation against the Communist Terrorist Group.”

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