With open arms, the Philippines National Police (PNP)-Masbate welcomed seven New People’s Army (NPA) members including one female as they surrender their military weapons and equipment.
The seven members and their armaments were presented to Masbate’s local media on Tuesday.
Included in the high powered firearms surrendered by the rebel returnees were two homemade shotguns, a Cal. 30 Mosin sniper rifle, AR ACP Cal 45; Cal .45 pistol, Cal 38 revolver, rifle grenade, ammunitions, and a bandolier (shoulder-belt with loops or pockets for cartridges).
Masbate Police Director Police Supt. Froilan Elopre lauded the seven rebel returnees on their “right decision” to answer the call of the government for peace and unity.
The PNP also called for other members of the NPA to put down their arms.
In a January, 2017 post of the official DILG website, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has provided a total of P101.67-million assistance to 1,573 former rebels for the past two years under its Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).
Rebel returnees (balik-loob) can also avail of services of a ‘halfway house’ while his/her enrolment to the CLIP is being processed. Halfway house is a temporary residence that serves as the processing center for former rebels.
Returnees also get enrolled in PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation) under the PAMANA-PhilHealth Sponsored Program with one-year validity and open for renewal, subject to availability of funds.