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PRO3 chief orders immediate accounting of rebel returnees

CABANATUAN CITY – Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. De Leon has ordered an immediate accounting of all rebel returnees to check on their whereabouts and see if they had turned rogue again and went back to the mountains or if they had pursued a changed life amid the purported benefits accorded to them by the government after they returned to the folds of the law.

De Leon made this marching order to all provincial and city commanders in Central Luzon amid supposed complaints from some rebel returnees who have allegedly failed to receive what was due them from the government’s much-ballyhooed economic and livelihood programs for rebel returnees.

If there are surrenderers na hindi pa nakakuha, meaning, iyun alam mo lang ang lumapit sa iyo and there might be others, bibigyan ko ng instructions ang ating mga provincial directors to collaborate with our military counterparts and account kung kaya natin, from 2016, 2017 and where are they now so that one day when we have another opportunity like this we can answer it because our government is transparent,” said Brig. Gen. De Leon.

The PRO3 chief was in Nueva Ecija and led the presentation of provincial police director Col. Marvin Joe C. Saro of 11 alleged members of the terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF, who yielded to the police and military as part of efforts by the Regional Task Force To End the Local Communist Armed Conflict.

The event was also graced by provincial administrator Atty. Alejandro R. Abesamis, who represented Gov. Aurelio M. Umali, and Brig. Gen. Andrew D. Costelo, commander of the Army’s 703rdAgila Brigade.

Also present were PRO3 deputy regional director for operations Col. Pedro D. Soliba and Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, 91st IB Army commander.

Umali, who was raring to attend the event as guest of honor to be able to embrace for himself these 11 rebel yielders to the government begged off at the last minute and sent Abesamis as his representative.

Abesamis said the governor hailed these former rebels for making the right decision of their lives in returning to the folds of the law.

Huwag kayong mag-alala ang ating Kapitolyo ay sasalo sa inyo, may mga programang nakalaan para sa inyo, hindi kayo pababayaan ng ating Governor Oyie Umali, said the provincial administrator.

De Leon also tasked the office of the deputy regional director for operations under Soliba and the city and municipal police stations regionwide to assist and investigate in doing the inventory on those former rebels who joined the government.

The PRO3 chief’s reaction came after reports said that former rebel returnees from Carranglan, who surrendered in 2017, complained that they had low morale after allegedly failing to get their fair share of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program that includes the P15,000 immediate assistance, P50,000 livelihood package, firearm remuneration, reintegration assistance, and house and lot grant, among others.

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Steve A. Gosuico
Past President, Nueva Ecija Press Club, Inc.