Former Rebel Surrenders in Benguet, Gets aid from Gov't
A 30-year-old former rebel officially turned over his M14 rifle at the Governor’s Office Tuesday morning after finally returning back to the fold of the law.
The ex-rebel, a native of Barcelona, Sorsogon and a resident of Mandaluyong City, received relief assistance from the Provincial Government of Benguet Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas said “he (the former rebel) will use at least while he starts a new life.”
A financial assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government in ending armed conflict will also be given to the former rebel after the necessary documents are processed, the Office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (OPSWD) said.
The former rebel was recruited in 2012 and eventually took part in the armed wing in 2013 where he was sent to Mountain province until 2020.
Governor Diclas recognized the intensive effort of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in collaboration with all the partner agencies in implementing the whole-of nation approach in ending armed conflict.
Present during the turn-over were Governor Diclas and personnel of the Benguet Provincial Police Office led by Director Reynaldo Delos Reyes Pasiwen.