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Mayor Sara seeks help of ex-NPAs in encouraging other rebels to surrender

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has sought the assistance of nine former members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) to encourage their former comrades to give up their armed struggle and support the government instead.

The local chief executive made the call when she received on Tuesday, December 1, the former rebels who surrendered following their capture through combined efforts of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division (ID) and the Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders.

“Basin matabangan mi ninyo og pagpasabot sa inyohang mga kauban kaniadto, nga ang tinuod nga pakigbisug, naa diha sa sulod ana nga building (City Hall). Wala didto sa bukid, wala diha sa dalan,” Duterte-Carpio said.

The former rebels will be enrolled in the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which provides a complete package of assistance to former members of the NPA who have laid down their arms to become productive members of society.

The mayor also thanked the 10th ID and all army forces under its command like the 1003rd Army Brigade for their efforts in supporting the government’s continued call to end the local communist armed conflict.

The 10th ID also presented the 30 high-powered firearms, four low powered firearms, and four improvised explosive devices (IED) recovered from all operations against the communist insurgents during the event.

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