CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The 215 rebel-returnees who dined with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanan will be returning to Davao today after spending three (3) days in Manila.
In an interview with Brigadier General Reuben Basiao, Commander, 701st Infantry Brigade, this was the first time in Manila for most of the former rebels and the visit was an opportunity for them to renew their view on the history of the Philippines and their commitment to the country.
This batch and the other rebel-returnees will be undergoing re-integration to prepare them to return to their normal and peaceful lives. They have undergone ten (10) days of de-radicalization before they will be processed under a program called “happy home”.
BGen Basiao explained that the “happy home” program usually last three (3) to four (4) months where they would be provided psycho-social counselling, TESDA skills training and livelihood Assistance before they could resume their normal lives and once again join the community.
Gen Basiao also assured the safety of these rebel-returnees from possible retaliation or threat from their former comrades that are still waging a senseless war, once they return to their communities, since they are all under the watch of the local peace and order council and the local security forces, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines. AES