224 Kadamay, Bayan Muna members yield

Published April 30, 2021, 5:52 PM

by Tristan Lozano

SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY, Bulacan – Unfulfilled promises have prompted many members of Bayan Muna and the Kalipunan ng Damayang Panlipunan (Kadamay) from Central Luzon to return to the fold of the law, it was disclosed during a mass surrender ceremony here Friday.

TURNING ON A NEW LEAF – San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan Mayor Arturo Robes (right), accompanied by a high ranking police officer, inspects subversive paraphernalia and identification cards turned in by members of Kadamay and Bayan Muna during a mass surrender ceremony Friday at the San Jose del Monte City covered court. (Mark Balmores/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In a speech during the event, Bayan Muna organizer alias “Ka Jenny” said they supported the Communist Party of the Philippines because they were promised free housing and education for their children in exchange for financial and other support from the organization.

However, she said all their promises fell through and they failed to get support whenever they needed the group. As a result, the surrenderers broke away from the group and Jenny vowed to help convince her other friends and neighbors who are still part of the organization to support the government.

Two-hundred twenty-four members of the leftist political group Bayan Muna and Kadamay withdrew their membership from these two organizations and openly disassociated themselves from the CPP-New People’s Army (NPA).

The ceremony at the San Jose del Monte Covered Court in Barangay Poblacion here was led by Police Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, Central Luzon police director, San Jose del Monte City Mayor Arthur Robes, and Police Col. Lawrence Dalipe, Bulacan police chief.

Mayor Robes said the city government will assist the returnees by giving them free housing, livelihood training, and other social assistance to enable them to start their lives anew.

He said he will work hand-in-hand with San Jose del Monte Rep. Florida Robes to give a better life to the returnees. “We will work closely with the NHA (National Housing Authority) to formulate an order to enable them to own housing units that are available in SJDM and give them livelihood assistance to bring them employment,” Mayor Robes said.

Major Carl Sanchez, commander of the Army 301st Brigade, said 95 percent of those who withdrew their support were residents of Pabahay 2000 here.

The group illegally occupied the housing development in 2013 and had since been one of the main source of support for the CPP-NPA in this province.

Sanchez said hundreds more residents of Pabahay 2000 are supporters of the communist group. Some of the returnees were part of the Kadamay group who occupied an idle housing project of the NHA in Pandi, Bulacan in March 2017, he added.