CAGAYAN DE ORO City – Former member of Communist Party of the Philippines – National People’s Army (CPP-NPA) urged rebels to stop their violent activities and instead, save their lives by way of surrendering and going back to the fold of the government.
“Sa mga kasamang nagpatuloy sa mga gawain, sana po ay huminto na kayo at e-save ninyo ang mga buhay ninyo kasi alam naman ninyo na ang ating mga ginagawa ay hindi tama (To those who keep on doing violent activities, I hope that you will stop and save your lives instead, since you know that all that you are trying to do are all wrong), said the rebel who preferred to be called “Dina” during a special Talakayan sa PIA in Cagayan de Oro City.
Dina, 35 years old, a resident of Cagayan de Oro City and Education graduate from a state college in Bukidnon mountain province, saw how the rebellious group put their plans into a realization through deceit. Upon pondering it as not proper, she quit and surrendered to Armed Forces of the Philippines early in 2019.
She was a full time “Legal” worker of the communist group and has been hopping from one sub-organization to the other which are under the CPP-NPA. She was once under their Rural Urban Committee that monitors literacy and numeracy school in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte where most Indigenous Peoples go. After that, she was assigned in emergency response and disaster team in Butuan City, then in a Community-based Health Services and eventually a cashier who “withdraws millions,” according to her.
She shared how CPP-NPA manages the fund coming from supporting agencies, coming from foreign countries. There is 40-60 scheme, where 60% is used for different and big activities, to supply the needs of the armed members, for the schooling of the children of those who are assigned in the armed group, for allowance of those “Legal” staff workers whose salary are not in their regular fund.
40% of the fund will go to the exact implementation, which is doctored and recreated in order to liquidate an entire amount given by different funding agencies.
Dina also explained the relationship between their so-called White and Red Areas, or the Legal and Illegal Areas. She said Red Area are those who are armed and faces a bloody battle. The White Area, on the other hand, is the “Legal” side who are tasked to facilitate the needs of the armed group such as medicines, food, supplies, clothes, and other forms of logistics. The Legal group, she shared, are front-line organizations of CPP-NPA.
During her part in the Talakayan sa PIA, Dina has a message to these organizations. She said she did not mean to stop the light of these organizations nor for the members to lose their jobs, but she is doing it as what she believes as proper.
“Yung mga taga-Legal po, like yung Karapatan, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, League of Filipino Students, Anakbayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis at iba pang front-line organizations ng CPP-NPA, alam niyo po yung mga ginagawa ninyo. Pwede pa naman pong ayusin po natin ang gulo (To those working under Legal – Karapatan, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, League of Filipino Students, Anakbayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis at other front-line organizations of CPP-NPA, you already know that you are doing the wrong things. We can still fix all of these),” she called to them.
Dina concluded that she would like to start her life anew and plans to go back to teaching, after all the wasted years that neglected her to pursue her profession.