The Philippine government is trying to find ways and means to convince the Christian and Muslim insurgents to rejoin the mainstream society.
The government is using civilian population by giving those cash incentives to convince known insurgents to return to the fold of the law.
Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process Secretary Avelino I. Razon said Sunday that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has approved a P10, 000 cash incentive to any civilian who can convince a rebel to avail himself of the government’s Social Integration Program (SIP).
The Philippine government has been fighting insurgency for many years. There are at least two major rebel groups in the country that are fighting the government in the pursuit of their causes.
The Communist Party (CPP-NPA-NDF), a conglomeration of three communist organizations, has been fighting the government for many years resulting into thousand of deaths among residents particularly in remote areas of the country. The MNLF/MILF is another rebel organization that operating in southern Philippines. It is a Muslim rebel and separatist organization that intents to form a separate state for Muslims in Mindanao island.
Razon said that the program is gaining popularity among civilian population. Over 800 communist rebels have availed themselves of the program, since it was launched in July last year.’’, Razon added.
Insurgency is one of the stumbling blocks of the economic recovery program of the government. Businesses especially in the countryside are often victimized by insurgent groups by demanding ‘revolutionary taxes’ or threatening them with violent actions