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President Duterte promises government assistance to rebel returnees

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the surrenderees from the New People's Army during a dinner hosted by the President for the rebel returnees at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, March 6, hosted a dinner at Malacañan Palace for former members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Speaking before the rebel returnees, Duterte said the rebel group have been fighting the government for the past 50 years and has brought nothing except misery to the lives of the people.

The demand for a coalition government by the communists is not acceptable, the President said, noting that in order to assume power, one must win the elections.

The Chief Executive promised the former rebels financial assistance, education, training, and as well as integration to the Armed Forces.

He also pledged to bring female rebel returnees to Hong Kong for them to see the achievements of capitalist societies, contrary to the promises of the NPA.

As the government starts massive infrastructure development, the President explained that it means more skilled workers are needed.

He then advised them to acquire training and new skills to be able to join the work force.

For instance, President Duterte said three companies in Davao City are in need of skilled workers for their operations.

He also underscored that education of their children would allow them to have better lives.

One hundred eighty seven rebel returnees composed the third batch to visit Malacañan Palace. PND