Insurgency no longer a problem in Ifugao
by Dan B. Codamon
Lagawe, Ifugao (26 June) -- As the strength of the Communist New People's Army (NPA) has been reduced drastically as reported by the military, insurgency in this province is no longer a problem.
Based on the report of the Provincial Peace and Order Council here, the number of insurgents is no longer significant even when President Gloria Arroyo called on the military and police to defeat the communist rebels before her term ends in 2010.
Her call has been fruitful as the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced that the current NPA strength is the lowest since the 1980's when the communist movement reached its peak strength of more than 24,000.
In Ifugao, the police and the military reported just a few sightings in the municipality of Asipulo but said that they are just passing through the province going to nearby Nueva Vizcaya or Nueva Ecija from Mt. Province or Benguet.
With the amnesty program of the government, the police and military here received six rebels who surrendered and returned to the folds of the law. They are now awaiting the livelihood assistance of the government so that they can fully begin a normal and productive life.
The rebels claimed they can no longer endure the hardships of life while joining the underground movement in their struggle against the government and regretted doing so. They said they realized that what were promised them of a good life in the future are actually false promises and impossible dreams and they look forward for a better life by returning to society. (PIA Ifugao) [top]