Former rebels encourage youths not to be victims of false ideology
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Aug 26 (PIA) – The 76 Former Rebels (FRs) listed from January to August who surrendered to the government this year are now reunited with their families through the assistance from the different government agencies.
Former rebel leader alyas Peewee, a member for 20 years of the communist rebel group shared the struggles which they experienced including hunger and weariness in the upland. As such, he is discouraging individuals especially the youth in joining the communist groups and not become victims of the false ideology as what they have experienced for so many years.
He also shared that after he surrendered, he personally experienced the services that the government provides to the FRs and to their families. “Makaingon gyud ko na sayop ang gituuhan ug gihuna huna sa mga naa sa bundok na once na naa ka diri pasakitan ka kay ako mismo karon saksi na ko ana na nakita nako karon na wala ko nila unsaa,” he added.
[I can say that the belief of people in the upland are wrong that when you surrender to the government, they will torture you. But I witnessed personally and I experienced that they did not hurt us.]
The government especially the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict continue the program that encourages rebels to come down from the uplands and be one with the government once again. There is a better future waiting for them which the different government agencies prepared in order for them to sustain their livelihood.
Dir. Ariel Perlado, the Regional Director of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) said that the government will not stop even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, “we want to showcase to the general public and to all the people who joined the communist groups, that this is what the government can offer to them when they surrender,” he said. (RVC/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)