Seventy-four (74) former rebels who chose to return to our government received early Christmas gifts from Hon. Emmylou “Lala” Mendoza, Vice Governor, Cotabato; Hon. Rudy S. Caoagdan, 2nd district representative of North Cotabato; and Municipal Local Government Unit of Magpet headed by Hon. Florenito T. Gonzaga on December 16, 2020, at Headquarters 72nd Infantry Battalion, Brgy Pangao-an, Magpet, Cotabato.
The said activity with the theme “Pamaskong Handog para sa mga Nagbalik Loob” is intended for our former rebels who have chosen the right path to return to the real government. For many years they were fighting for their wrong beliefs and ideologies. Finally, they have chosen to live in peace and harmony with their families and loved ones.
The beneficiaries received various grocery items, calendars, and additional 500 pesos worth of gift cash. This is proof that our government, with the help of various agencies, accepted them with open arms, for they are also victims of the recruitment of terrorist groups.
It was graced by Hon. Jonathan Tabara, rep of the Office of the Vice-Governor; Hon. Rudy S Caoagdan, 2nd District Rep. North Cotabato; Hon. Florenito T. Gonzaga, Municipal Mayor, Magpet. Also present during the activity were MGEN. Reuben S. Basiao, Commander 10 Infantry Division; Colonel Potenciano C. Camba, Commander 1002nd Infantry Brigade; Lieutenant Colonel Rey T. Alvarado, Commanding Officer, 72IB; staff from the MLGU-Magpet and officers and troops of 1002ndBDE and 72IB.
“We are very thankful that you have finally chosen to go back to our government. We are all in one with this fight against insurgency. With the help of the different government agencies and your Army, rest assured that we will do our best to give you the kind of life you all deserve.” Hon. Rudy S. Caoagdan said in his message.
The smile on their faces as they received the gifts were boundless. That army called on the remaining members of the CTGs to go down and return to the folds of the real government, embrace the government’s peace initiative under the ELCAC program and start living a more peaceful and meaningful life together with their families and loved ones. — Philippine Army