Gov. Tamayo vows financial aid for ex-rebels


South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. has assured financial assistance for the 19 former rebels who surrendered in the province.

This as the governor also encouraged other rebels to abandon their armed struggle and return to the folds of law to avail the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

The rebel returnees came from municipalities of Banga, Lake Sebu, Surallah, Tampakan, Polomolok, T’boli and Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat.

“Rest assured na dito sa South Cotabato, ibibigay ko kung ano ang due para sa inyo kahit saan pa man kayo galing. Ilagay nalang natin na galing kayo sa Sarangani, eh dito kayo sumuko ibigay naming kung ano ang para sa inyo ibibigay natin. ‘Yun lang naman ang hinihiling ko eh, wala na tayong dapat pang pag-awayan dahil tayo-tayo lang naman mga Pilipino dito,” Tamayo said.

The rebel returnees will receive various assistance, such as remuneration for the surrendered firearms; reintegration assistance; immediate and livelihood assistance of P65,000; financial assistance of P15,000; can avail loans; and assistance from the national line agencies. #