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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

P.5M bounty awaits NPA surrenderers in Apayao

Luna, Apayao – A half million bounty awaits surrenderers from the New People’s Army in Apayao province following a pronouncement by its governor to give such an amount to communist group members who will get back to the fold of the government.

The announcement was made by Governor Elias Bulut Jr. during the celebration of Indigenous People’s Month on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in connection with the army-rebel clash that transpired recently in Upper Atok, Flora.

To recall, the encounter resulted in the death of a suspected member of the Komiteng Probinsya Cagayan of Komiteng Rehiyon Cagayan Valley and the recovery of various war materials owned by said group.

Apart from the rebel surrenderers, soldiers who aided in the surrender shall also be given a bounty, which amounts to P1 million.

"I will give P1M for the soldiers who did this as a reward, P500K for rebel returnees, and a cash reward for the informant of the refugee of the NPAs, kasta ti panangisakit ko iti pagilian tayo," Bulut said while lauding the efforts of the government troops.

In the past years up to these days, the leftist groups were pointed out to have been causing problems in terms of public safety and poverty in the country, which Apayao is not spared, negatively impacting developments and progress.

In connection, Governor Bulut expressed his condemnation of the inhumane activities, practices, and ideologies of the communist group, saying such acts have been halting the government's plans towards providing better lives for the people.

"Dagitoy ti gapu nu apay kaasi ti Apayao idi, haan tayon kuma ipalubos nga maiyaw-awan natayo dagitoy nga grupo babaen iti madi nga prinsipyo, ta panggepen da laeng nga dadaelen dagiti napintas nga plano tayo," Bulut conveyed.

He then urged yApayaos to be of help in ending the insurgency and be one with the government in providing a better future to the next generation.



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