By Ben Serrano
The spokesperson of the New People’s Army in the Caraga region has downplayed the success of the government’s anti-insurgency program, saying firearms surrendered to the military are recycled.
Ka Amihan Guerrero told Politiko Thursday (December 26) that the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) is nothing but a source of corruption for the government.
She said the NPA members whom the government claims to have surrendered to the military do not belong to the organization.
The surrenderees, Guerrero claimed, were only communist sympathizers.
Under E-Clip, NPA rebels who surrender to the government will receive several benefits, including financial assistance, shelter, education, skills training, healthcare and legal assistance.
Guerrero said that contrary to the government’s claim, the NPA’s force in the Caraga region continues to grow stronger as more people are allegedly dissatisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte’s rule.