Surrender of Cebu Couple

(I have decided to include noteworthy clippings from newspapers in this blog for storage. These will be mostly those related to the theme of this site. These can be subject of my commentaries later on.–C. O. Wenceslao)

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has ordered the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office to come up with an assistance package for the rebel couple who recently surrendered.

The package will include a sustainable livelihood for the couple to ensure their income and education for their children.

Garcia said this is part of her wholistic approach to combat the insurgency problem of the province.

Luciano Poro, 30 and Roselyn Nurab, 24, were the first to surrender after Garcia declared an all-out war against communist rebels and created the Provincial Anti-Insurgency Task Force.

Garcia told PSWD head Marivic Garces to look into their case and come up with the assistance package, which will serve as the model.

She hopes that the move will encourage more rebels to go back to the government’s fold, as this will prove that the propaganda that they will be tortured and killed if they surrender is false.

Garcia explained to the couple that it is a fact that many are suffering from poverty but this will not be solved by joining the rebel groups.

Poro, Nurab and their two young children were presented by the Central Command officers to Garcia yesterday.

They surrendered last week after years of being members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Poro admitted that he was one of those who attacked an Army outpost in Barangay Sumon, Tuburan in northern Cebu, killing three soldiers.

Poro and his family remain in the custody of the military and they are cooperative in the tactical interrogation revealing vital information about the NPAs and their operation.

Poro said they decided to surrender for the future of their two children, aged three and four.

He admitted that it is very hard to be combatants as they are often in the mountains with not enough food and no medicine if they get sick.

Most of his fellow rebels suffer from ulcers because they do not have food to eat.

Garcia promised to help the couple get a second chance to live as free citizens.

But she also explained to them that they have to face the law because of the crimes they have committed.

Centcom’s Jefferson Omandam said their case willGOV. Gwendolyn Garcia has ordered the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office to come up with an assistance package for the rebel couple who recently surrendered.

The package will include a sustainable livelihood for the couple to ensure their income and education for their children.

Garcia said this is part of her holistic approach to combat the insurgency problem of the province.

Luciano Poro, 30 and Roselyn Nurab, 24, were the first to surrender after Garcia declared an all-out war against communist rebels and created the Provincial Anti-Insurgency Task Force.

Garcia told PSWD head Marivic Garces to look into their case and come up with the assistance package, which will serve as the model.

She hopes that the move will encourage more rebels to go back to the government’s fold, as this will prove that the propaganda that they will be tortured and killed if they surrender is false.

Garcia explained to the couple that it is a fact that many are suffering from poverty but this will not be solved by joining the rebel groups.

Poro, Nurab and their two young children were presented by the Central Command officers to Garcia yesterday.

They surrendered last week after years of being members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Poro admitted that he was one of those who attacked an Army outpost in Barangay Sumon, Tuburan in northern Cebu, killing three soldiers.

Poro and his family remain in the custody of the military and they are cooperative in the tactical interrogation revealing vital information about the NPAs and their operation.

Poro said they decided to surrender for the future of their two children, aged three and four.

He admitted that it is very hard to be combatants as they are often in the mountains with not enough food and no medicine if they get sick.

Most of his fellow rebels suffer from ulcers because they do not have food to eat.

Garcia promised to help the couple get a second chance to live as free citizens.

But she also explained to them that they have to face the law because of the crimes they have committed.

Centcom’s Jefferson Omandam said their case will be handled by the Inter-Agency Legal Assistance Group.

–From Sun.Star Cebu, Oct. 13, 2006, by Minerva B. Herodias

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