The commander of Guerrilla Front 33 of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Davao de Oro has regretted joining the communist rebellion, revealing the P1 million in monthly extortion money generated by his group only benefits the high officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
An alias “Khan” said that joining the NPA is not the solution to poverty.
“It was a mistake to pick up those guns. It was truly a mistake that we entered the rebellion because this is not the way to solve our problem in our country,” he said in the local dialect during a recent press conference held at the 1001st Infantry Battalion Camp in Barangay Mapaang, Maco in Davao de Oro.
Kahn, along with 26 other members of the Guerilla Front 33, surrendered after having an encounter with soldiers at New Corella last December 12.
He added that despite the P1million monthly revenue generated from extortion by his group, the CPP still failed to provide them with the budget to take care of their families.
“It pained me that for how many years we couldn’t be with our families, our children. I can’t accept why we suffered for this rebellion,” Khan said in the local dialect.
He called on to those left behind in the rebellion to return to the hands of the government.
As a show of goodwill, Governor Jayvee Tyrone Uy of Davao de Oro gave the rebel returnees P10,000 each. Livelihood opportunities also await the surrenderees.
Also, Davao del Norte Governor Edwin I. Jubahib gave P10,000 cash, 10 sacks of rice, and bihon to each of the surrenderees.
Davao del Norte First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez will also take the lead in the giving of skills training, scholarships, and medicines to them. SOVEREIGNPH