Pres. Duterte offers P20k reward to Lumads for head of each NPA rebels killed, to train the IPs to defend themselves

President Duterte handshakes with the Lumad leaders / photo file from PCOO

Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte just announced that he will offer P20, 000 for the head of each member of the New People’s Army (NPA) who continue to harass the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

This was the response of the president when asked about the killings and harassment to IP leaders who do not want to support the cause of the NPA rebels.

He also revealed during the press conference night on Friday at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City that he wants to train the IPs as Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) to combat.

Training the IPs will enable them to fight the rebels should they attack again.

“Go out and hunt those who killed your comrades,” President Duterte said.

“I’ll put a reward to those lumads (IP) who will become Cafgu, one NPA you will kill I’ll pay you. You want money, I give you money, I’ll make P20,00 per head,” he said.

However, for the meantime, he told the Lumads to evacuate temporarily to areas near military camps should these communist groups try to attack them.

Just last February 4, the Easter Mindanao Command has reported the death of Datu Banadjao Mampaundag and his son Jhonard – who were killed inside their home in Sitio Igang, Barangay Palma Gil located in the town of Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Reports said that the suspects attacked the house of the victims using a vehicle to appear that they were soldiers, as they also tried to ambush the ambulance responding to them.

The victim’s daughter said that her father had received several death threats from the NPA for being an advocate of peace and supporting the government projects to help the Lumads in terms of economic opportunities and security.

Last February 8, the IPs meet and protested against the NPAs to seek justice for the killings of their comrades.

source: PTV news

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