Former NPAs join Army troopers for Father’s Day celebration

Published June 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Mike Crismundo

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – Former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels joined command group and personnel of the Army’s 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23rd IB) in celebrating Fathers Day on Sunday at the 23rd IB headquarters at Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista town, Agusan del Norte.


The celebration of Fathers Day also allowed the men and women of the 23rd IB to be with their families after continuous deployment due to the threat posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The former NPAs were also able to bring their families to the celebration.

“The NPA is known for destroying families, of separating husbands from their wives and the children from their parents,” 23rd IB commander Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo said in his message during the program.

Among the former rebels who expressed appreciation during the celebration was “Ka Jonel”, a former member of Guerrilla Front 4-A (GF 4A) regular fighter of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

“Inside the movement, bonding with our family members is not a priority. We were told not to mind our family members and focus on fighting the government. For more than two years, I have not seen my wife and children),” said Ka Jonel, in vernacular, who was with his daughter Jasmin during the Father’s Day celebration.

“Nalipay ko kay gihatagan kog higayon sa gobyerno, pinaagi sa 23rd IB nga makauli ko ug makauban balik ang akong pamilya (I am so happy that the government, through the 23rd IB, has given me a chance to go home and be with my family),” Ka Jonel added.