By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY – The Provincial Government of Davao del Norte said it was hopeful for peace in areas such as Talaingod in the province, following the surrender of tribal leader Datu Guibang Apoga.
Speaking at a peace rally in Davao del Norte, Governor Anthony del Rosario sought for peace between the government and rebels during the event held in Sto. Nino, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
Commanders of the military units stationed in the province were also in attendance, namely 10th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Noel Clement, 1003rd Infantry Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Ernesto Torres, Jr., and Lt. Col. Edwin Paredes, who leads the 56th Infantry Batallion.
Also present during the peace rally was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Kapalong Mayor Marites Timbol.
“With the help of President Rodrigo Duterte, the government has pushed for peace here,” Del Rosario told attendees of the event. “We have almost reached our goal of peace in Talaingod.”
Del Rosario said that the peace and order situation has been a problem even during his term as a barangay captain.
“Dugay na nato gihisgotan ang problema dinhi sa Talaingod sa peace and order,” he said.
Apoga, a former Datu affiliated with Communists, said he had gotten tired of conflict because of old age.
The provincial government handed over livelihood assistance to Apoga and around 20 surrenderees, with Apoga himself receiving a wheelchair from the government.