Former rebels provided with rifles, allowances
Twenty seven former rebels of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) recently completed basic military training as part of the Peace Development Communities Program in the Western Visayas. Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) spokesperson, Captain Cenon Pancito III, said the training is part of their return to the local community in order to serve in territorial defense.
The 27 are now expected to help their respective communities’ peace and order situation and to protect them from insurgents.
As part of the demilitarization process, the former rebels had to surrender their personal firearms and were given army-issued M16 assault rifles.
The former rebels will also receive an allowance.
Despite the demilitarization program being questioned by the public, Pancito assured the former rebels will remain loyal to the government.
Last September, 3,000 RPA-ABB members participated in a surrender ceremony at Jamindan, Capiz. The RPA-ABB is a breakaway faction of the New People’s Army operating in the Western Visayas./DGB, WDJ