Paranas LGU awards P20
thousand to rebel returnees
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY – Paranas
Local government unit through Mayor Felix Babalcon Jr, gave the two
New People’s Army (NPA) surrenderees some P20,000 each as immediate
financial assistance to the Anagasi Brothers (names withheld for
The duo was presented
to the media and the Liga ng Barangay in Paranas town during the
Municipal Peace and order Council meeting held on Monday in Paranas
One of them narrated
that he used to bring ammos during raids. He, however, denied having
committed any violent act like killing government soldiers during an
interview with the media after the meeting.
commander Lt Col William Peñafiel of the 34th Infantry Battalion said
that the brothers sent feelers to some army officials that they would
surrender just a few days after he was installed as BatCom.
The arms and ammos
surrendered including the claymore bombs could have rendered a platoon
of soldiers lifeless had the rebels used them. On closer inspection,
the gadgets hauled by the brothers included cell phones, handheld
radios, M14, M16, carbines and some revolvers plus wires and other
There were also
subversive documents and detailed listings of expenses in yellow pad.
Mayor Babalcon said
that he was willing to give the brothers jobs after the army has done
the processes to prepare the two as they will return to mainstream
society. Lt Col Federico Tutaan, G7, also assured the brothers that
they will receive some remuneration for the arms and ammos plus
another cash assistance of P20,000 from the Social Integration Program
(SIP) of the government.
When asked how much
would the monetary equivalent be of the loads of weapons and ammo,
Tutaan said the haul could easily fetch some P200 thousand.
immediately requested the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to draft an
appropriated ordinance to effect the P20,000 financial aid to the
Anagasi brothers. (PIA-Samar)