CITY of of San Fernando, Pampanga -- Vice Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda welcomed 12 rebel returnees from Arayat as he asked them to quit their old ways and be at peace with the government for their families’ sake and future.
Pineda said this during the recent awarding of the financial grants for rebel returnees held at the Executive House of Pampanga Provincial Capitol.
The vice governor, who is a known advocate of peace and order, assured the former members of New People’s Army that the government will take care of them, including their families.
He also pleaded with them to never hold arms again and fully embrace mainstream society.
He then asked them to be catalysts in the fight against illegal drugs.
The 12 rebel returnees initiated their return to mainstream society through the efforts of Sta. Ana Mayor Norberto “Ros” Gamboa and Arayat Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino, known to be former revolutionaries as well. They were given initial financial grants of P50,000 each from the provincial government amounting to P600,000.
Aside from the cash assistance, Alejandrino opened some job opportunities to them to serve in safeguarding Mt. Arayat in exchange for their salaries.
Other benefits to be served by the provincial government are free hospitalization for them and their families in all district and provincial hospitals, scholarship grants, and training, and other services the capitol can provide.
Also present in the event were Pampanga police director Senior Supt. Nicholas Salvador, Army 48th Infantry Batallion commanding officer Lt. Col. Arnel Cabugon, Captain Domingo Reyes Jr., committee chairman on public order and Senior Board Member Rosve Henson, and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) head Elizabeth Baybayan.