May 24, 2024

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PRO11 holds reintegration seminar for ex-rebels

By Justine Rich Talusan


THE Police Regional Office 11 under the  leadership of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Silo Jr. led the closing  ceremony of the 12-day reintegration seminar for former rebels in Davao region.

Dubbed “Counter Radicalization and Reintegration” seminar, the ceremony was attended by Maj. Gen. Filmore Escobal, deputy commander of  Area Police Command-Eastern Mindanao, as guest of honor and speaker.

The  seminar was participated by  38 former rebels, including  a former leader of the New People’s Army identified as alias “Kumander Bagwis.”

“Kumander Bagwis” thanked  the Philippine National Police, particularly the PRO11,  saying  he now had a  birth certificate and was baptized  at aged 38  through the PRO 11 Revitalized Pulis sa Barangay program.

The former rebel said he and the other rebels are given the chance to learn  from the 12-day seminar, which he never experienced, during his involvement with the Communist Terror Group.

The  reintegration seminar for former rebels is a PRO11’s initiative, through the R-PSB program, to contribute in the fulfillment of the National Peace Framework to end local communist armed conflict in the Philippines, in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s  Eexecutive Order 70 or the whole of the nation approach.

Silo vowed to  continue the R-PSB program, noting  it has brought positive police service impact to the community, as well as gaining  support from the local chief executives.

The PRO 11 director promised to  introduce more innovations for the development of  peace and order to  finally end insurgency and terrorism, not just in Davao region, but across the country.