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Pregnant rebel yields; joins kids

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A 29-year-old former New People’s Army-Southeast Front rebel said she sees “hope for a new life” after she was reunited with her two children.

‘Ka Aubrey’, who hails from Bantayan Island in Cebu province, said in an interview Tuesday that she dreams of a normal family life with her children, and hopefully with their father, who remains with the NPA in southern Negros Oriental.

Pregnant with her third child which is due in two months, she celebrated her birthday on Jan. 6 with her two daughters, aged five and two, whom she had not seen for three years.

“My dream is to have a normal life with my children and my husband, who I convince to also come down from the mountains and surrender peacefully to authorities so we can all be reunited,” she said in Cebuano.

She said she joined the armed struggle about 10 years ago when she was still 18, after an organizer came to their island, and recruited her with false promises of a better life.

The young mother said she was on and off an “amazon” (lady fighter) in between her pregnancies.

Her first child was left in the care of her mother immediately after her delivery.

A local villager in Barangay Talalak, Sta. Catalina in southern Negros Oriental looked after the second child.

“Life was harsh in the mountains and there was barely enough to eat, except for root crops and sometimes food given by residents,” Ka Aubrey said.

On Dec. 18 last year, she and another pregnant rebel surrendered to the Army’s 11th Infantry Battalion, the 705th Mobile Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7, and the local police in Siaton.

They are currently staying in a safe house while their applications are being processed for the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program for former rebels.

The guardian of the younger child has agreed to return full custody to Ka Aubrey.

Meanwhile, a government worker was shot dead Tuesday night at a rebel-infested mountain sub-village in Guihulngan City.

The Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office said the killers were members of the NPA.

Authorities also refused to identify the victim except that he was a 54-year-old ‘casual’ employee of the Guihulngan local government, and a resident of Sitio Mainit, Barangay Bulado.

He was shot at 8:40 p.m. inside his house after three men armed with long firearms barged in, and shot him multiple times.

The sub-village of Mainit is about 15 kilometers from the city proper.

Lt. Col. Romeo Cubo, local police chief, said the victim was a “government asset” and was believed to be the reason behind the killing.

Cubo added the victim’s father was also a “cadre” who was actively involved in the campaign against the Communist insurgency; he was also allegedly killed by NPA rebels several years ago. (Judy F. Partlow/PNA)

 

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