Six residents of San Luis town in Aurora province who used to support the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) vowed loyalty to the government in Barangay Ditumabo on Saturday, according to a report in the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
The report quoted Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, commanding officer of the Army’s 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion (91IB), as saying the former rebel supporters “withdrew their membership from the sectoral front organization (SFO) of the communist terrorist groups.”
They will now avail of benefits under the government’s community support program (CSP), Rubio said.
The CSP is a people-centered program which aims to bring peace and development in conflict-affected barangays.
“The withdrawal of support of another six exploited local residents to CPP-NPA-NDF and its SFO indicates that they are no longer supporting the cause of the communist groups. They also expressed their willingness to support the government to attain lasting peace and development in the area,” Rubio told PNA in an interview.
1st Lt. Carlo T. Omayon led the reading of the pledge of allegiance to the government, witnessed by San Luis Mayor Ariel de Jesus, Philippine National Police and barangay officials.
De Jesus thanked the 91IB troops for their initiative and lauded them for being a channel of peace in the municipality of San Luis, saying such effort is a great move toward ending insurgency.