Three former ranking leaders of the New People’s Army in Central Negros and the family of their comrade, who died in a recent encounter in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, have received financial assistance from the government.
The municipal government of Mabinay and the 11th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. Ramir Redosendo extended financial assistance to the family of slain New People’s Army member Isaias Rabelista, who was laid to rest on Sunday, Capt. Francis Salcedo, 11IB Civil Military Operations officer, said yesterday.
Rabilista, who was the subject of an arrest warrant for illegal possession of firearms, died on June 18 with four of his comrades during an encounter with the combined forces of the Philippine National Police and Army soldiers in Brgy. Luyang, Mabinay, Negros Oriental.
Aside from the goods and financial assistance to the family of Rabilista, Salcedo said that the Mabinay municipal government also provided burial assistance to his family.
The bodies of three other slain NPA members were also claimed and brought by their respective families to their homes in Brgys. Buenavista, Carabalan and Caradio-an, all in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, police chief Maj. Romeo Vargas said.
“What happened in Brgy Luyang, Mabinay is a very unfortunate incident, and Isaias Rabilista is only one of the many victims of deception of the CPP-NPA, Redosendo said.
Meanwhile, three former NPA leaders identified through their aliases as Ka Dodong, and couple Ka Roy and Lara, who claimed to be former leaders of the Central Negros Front 2, also received an initial P20,000 financial assistance each from the municipality of Isabela, Lt. Col. Melvin Flores, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, said.
Mayor Irene Montilla, assisted by Lt. Col. Flores and PCol. Romy Palgue, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, turned over the financial assistance to the three former rebels on June 18 at the 62IB headquarters in Brgy. Libas, Isabela town.
The three former rebels are also expected to receive livelihood assistance of P50,000 each under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government, aside from cash equivalent to the value of the firearms they had surrendered.
Montilla said she welcomed the decision of the three former rebels to abandon the armed struggle and return to the mainstream society.*
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