From the Sun Star-Bacolod (Nov 10, 2019): 27 ex-RPA-ABB rebels complete basic military training
SOME 27 former rebels of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) recently completed their basic military training as part of the Peace Development Communities program in Western Visayas.
Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) spokesperson Captain Cenon Pancito III said the training is part of their return to the local community in order to serve for territorial defense.
The 27 will also help maintain peace and order and protect their communities from insurgents.
As part of the de-militarization process, the 27 former rebels had to surrender their personal firearms. They were issued M16 assault rifles.
The former rebels will also receive an allowance for their services.
Although the de-militarization program is being questioned by the public, Pancito assured the former rebels will remain loyal to the government.
In September, 3,000 RPA-ABB members participated in a surrender ceremony in Jamindan, Capiz.
The RPA-ABB is a breakaway faction of the New People’s Army operating in Western Visayas.