Sorsogon Solon Files Bill Integrating NPA Rebels into the Police, Military
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO
A retired military colonel who is now a congressman wants to achieve peace in the country by allowing his former enemies, the New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas, to either become members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) or the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Rep. Jose Solis (Kampi, Sorsogon) filed House Bill (HB) 3545 in the hope that integrating NPA surrenderees into h the country's defense force could help pave the way for a lasting peace and better economic growth and development.
Solis, vice chairman of the House Committee on Defense, blamed the communist insurgency, probably the longest in the world, for having "stunted the economic growth and has claimed the lives of many soldiers and civilians alike."
"Enough of war. The time has come to open the window for reconciliation and solidarity by means of integration," Solis said.
The author of HB 3545 once headed the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria).
He is the chairman of the Committee on Bicol Growth Area which used to be one of the strongholds of the NPA in the country.
Solis noted that every effort to find resolution to the conflict has to be exhausted as the revolutionary warfare of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), with the NPA as its military arm, continuously threatens the country's peace and stability. …