Ex-Communist rebel yields gun for books: DND  

Published January 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Martin Sadongdong

The Department of National Defense (DND) continues to urge Communist rebels, especially young fighters, to lay down their arms and avail of the national government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) to have a better chance at life.

DND public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)
DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement Saturday, Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said E-CLIP helps former rebels as they make their transition back to mainstream society through financial and educational assistance, livelihood training and psycho-social support among others.

One such case was a rebel known as “Kim,” who was allegedly a medical officer for a New People’s Army (NPA) unit in Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur.

Andolong said Kim got involved in the Communist group as a young medic, treating wounded and sick comrades in the mountains until she decided to surrender to the military and avail of the Task Force Balik Loob’s E-CLIP.

Kim had since returned to school after surrendering, and is due to graduate from senior high school in March along with other former rebels who decided to give up arms.

Kim told the military that she was planning to take up a business and finance course in college.

At present, Kim is being protected and supported by a unit of the Army inside their camp in Pagadian City while she continues with her studies, Andolong said.

“Kim is now looking forward to a better future and is helping the Philippine Army in preventing her fellow youth from experiencing what she went through inside the CTG [communist-terrorist group],” Andolong stated.

The Defense official also said that Lim has started speaking in various fora “to expose the deceptive ways that the New People’s Army (NPA) uses in recruiting students and barangay residents in Pagadian.”