CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The second batch of Former Rebels (FR) is now in Manila for their Manila Tour.
The group is composed of 241 FRs mostly from Compostela Province and Davao Del Norte. Thirty-eight of them are females while 203 are males. They are part of the 683 former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels from different parts of Eastern Mindanao that were presented to the President on December 21, 2017, at Panacan, Davao City.
They arrived from Davao yesterday aboard Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft and the group will dine with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang today.
The group were received with a warm Welcome Ceremony in Camp Gen Emilio Aguinaldo, hosted by General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, AFP Chief of Staff.
The activity aims to give the FRs a better perspective in life, particularly in peace-building and nationalism. It is part of the government’s continuing activity of reintegrating the former rebels in the mainstream society. Part of their tour will be a historical and heritage trip to Luneta Park and Intramuros
Prior to their dinner with the President, they will also get a chance to interact with other former NPA members who now work as advocates of peace and development. The second batch of FRs’ tour is expected to conclude on February 22, 2018, as the FRs will return to Davao City via C-130 aircraft. The schedule of the third batch of FRs will be determined later by the Appointments Office of the President. It can be recalled that the first batch composed of 215 FRs were toured in Manila and had a dinner with the President last February 6-8, 2018. AES / MCAG