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Go urges rebels to lay down arms

September 20, 2019 - Friday 5:09 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go accompanies President Rodrigo Duterte in inspecting the firearms from the 727 Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa - Pilipinas/ Revolutionary Proletarian Army/ Alex Boncayao Brigade - Tabara-Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG) during the decommissioning at the Camp General Macario B. Peralta, Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz on September 19, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Thursday encouraged rebel groups to lay down their arms and support the government’s programs and initiatives.

Go made the call as he joined President Rodrigo Duterte as the latter led the decommissioning of the arms of 727 members of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido Ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade-Tabara Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA-ABB-TPG) at the Camp General Macario B. Peralta, Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz on Thursday, September 19.

The RPM-P/RPA-ABB-TPG is a splinter group of the New People’s Army (NPA) based in Western Visayas.

In an interview with reporters, Go said the former rebels will be given jobs, livelihood, and housing assistance by the government so they can start a normal life again. 

“Bibigyan sila ng livelihood, trabaho at pabahay mula sa pamahalaan,” he said.

The senator also encouraged other rebel groups to lay down their arms.

“Ine-encourage sila ng mahal na Pangulo na magbalik-loob sa pamahalaan. Hindi lang sila, it also goes with the NPA. Welcome po kayo,” he said. 

Go also reiterated his support for localized peace talks as a modality towards lasting peace in the country.

He said the roots of rebellion in the country are usually local issues that can be addressed on a local level.

“Let us give enough authority and capabilities to our local government units, including support mechanisms, so they can pursue lasting peace in their respective areas,” he said.