Duterte vows to re-arm rebel returnees if NPA starts harassment

“Do not worry. You are part of government. Magkasama na tayo ngayon. Kung ipitin kayo ng mga komunista at if they really want trouble, I will give you a new firearm. Mas maganda pa dito,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during the decommissioning of arms and forces of the 727 Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army and Alex Boncayao Brigade – Tabara-Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG) or Kapatiran on September 19 in Jamindan, Capiz.

“Ako I’m warning the – ako p***** – ‘pag hindi pag… You begin to f*** with these guys, I’m going to arm them. Sirain ko ‘yan, wala na ‘yan. Bigyan ko ‘yung armas kayo ng nagsama – sumama na kayo sa gobyerno, ‘di gobyerno na tayong lahat,” he added.

“I am pleased to note that this peace-building program has also a social and economic reintegration component through which the government will provide support to enable returnees to become productive members of the society,” President Duterte said.

“I encourage all 727 returnees to take advantage of this opportunity to start anew and lead a productive life with your families and loved ones. Be assured of the government’s full support for your reintegration to the mainstream society.”

More than 300 firearms from members of the RPA/ABB-TPG were decommissioned and handed over to Camp Gen. Macario B. Peralta Jr., the headquarters of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID).

Aside from the firearms decommissioned on Thursday, less than 12,000 rounds of assorted ammunition and 145 pieces of military ordnance were also disposed. with PND

Mostly from the provinces of Negros, Aklan, Bukidnon, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo, the 727 Kapatiran members underwent profiling by the OPAPP and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) prior to Thursday’s disposition of firearms.

Also, 267 Kapatiran members were presented to the President. They will undergo training on nationalism, camp defense, disaster response, and rescue operations.