6 ex-NPA rebels get financial aid via CLIP

  • Written by Mamer Bañez
  • Published in Provincial
  • Read: 558

BALER, Aurora -- Six former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have received financial assistance
through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).

Lt. Col. Edwin M. Paredes, Army’s 56th Infantry “Tatag” Battalion commander based in Bgy.
Calabuanan, said the assistance, amounting to P65,000 each to six former rebels (FRs) as Clip
beneficiaries, was held at Governor’s Office, Provincial Capitol, in this town.
Paredes said that under the CLIP program, rebels will receive P50,000 for livelihood
assistance and P15,000 for immediate financial assistance.
The beneficiaries are former medics/S4 Marites Esteban Ilaguno, alias Ka Jenjen/Nimfa/John
Well/Lea, political guide, regular member of Kilusang Larangang Guerilla (KLG) Sierra Madre (SM) of
NPA; Joseph Ilaguno, alias Ka Erwin/Moymoy, squad leader Tersera KLG; Ardie Catipon, alias Soter,
vice commanding officer, Larangang Guerilla sa Patag (LGP); Jose Gallegos, alias Ka Jeff, Sangay ng
Partido sa Platun (SPP) Central Aurora; Edgar Baldonade, alias Ka Adim, vice commanding officer, and
Carl Rissa Baldonade, alias Ka Kim, political guide, SPP Central Aurora.
Paredes said the reasons why these former NPA rebels abandoned the underground movement were
due to hardship of running in the mountains, including hunger, stress and they were very tired of
evading the Army patrols in the forests; they feared to engage in a firefight with the soldiers who
are conducting legitimate operations in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Aurora; they found out the
wrongdoings of the NPA; they missed their families and love ones; they realized that they are victims
of futility of the armed struggle and misguided by the ill propaganda of the NPA leaders; they
decided to go down, surrender; they wanted to live peacefully and avail themselves of the
government’s livelihood, peace and development program.
“The CLIP program started in 2011 benefiting former rebels social welfare, livelihood,
health, which also aims to facilitate the mainstreaming of former NPA rebels as productive citizens
in their communities,” he explained.
Based on joint circular issued by the DILG and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the
Peace Process (OPPAP), qualified beneficiaries of CLIP are those regular NPA members who surfaced in
2011 onwards and have expressed the desire to abandon armed violence and become productive members of
the society, including their partners/spouses (whether legitimate or illegitimate), parents or
siblings, if applicable.
Also qualified are those who did not receive full assistance under the Social Integration
Program based on Oppap’s Special List of former rebels that surfaced in 2007 to 2009.
Paredes also vowed to assist the former rebels to live normal lives.