The decommissioning also involved theturnover of RPA-ABB armaments (315 long and short firearms) to the government. The decommissioning of the formercombatants was a step towards the closure agreement with the group, expected tobe signed by 2022. On July 19, the ClarificatoryImplementing Documents (CID), which lists down the commitments of thegovernment and RPA-ABB, was signed. The RPA-ABB is a splinter group of theNPA. The CID components includeddisposition of arms and forces and security arrangements, social and economicreintegration, release of the remaining alleged political offenders,transformation of the group into a civilian organization engaged insocio-economic and political activities, and community peace dividends. (PNA/PN) ILOILO City – President RodrigoDuterte vowed to protect from the New People’s Army (NPA) the 727 members of theRevolutionary Proletarian Army – Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) whosurrendered to the government. On Sept. 19, Duterte led thedecommissioning of 727 RPA-ABB members in Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz. She assured the government that hergroup would be one with the government in moving forward peace and progress inthe country. “Nanditokami ngayon kasama ng pamahalaan para sadecommissioning ng lahat ng mga hinawakannaming mga armas at sandata nang kami ay tumiwalag sa mali at kriminal napamumuno ng Communist Party of the Philippines – NPA,” she said. “Mularito, buo ang loob at mahigpit ang aming paninindigan na ipagpatuloy ang pagpupunyagiupang paunlarin ang matibay na kooperasyon sa pamahalaan sa paglutas ng ugat ngarmadong tunggalian para sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran ng mamamayan at ng buongbansa,” said Tabara. “I’m going to arm you. Sira na ‘yan, wala na ‘yan. Bigyan ko ngarmas kayo. Sumama na kayo sa gobyerno. We are now duty-bound to protectyou,” Duterte said. Veronica Tabara, RPA-ABB head,expressed gratitude to the government for reintegrating their group back intomainstream society. “I’m sorry to tell you, everybody dies in this world but you will go ahead first. Remember that,” says President Rodrigo Duterte. He issued a warning on Wednesday against “ninja cops,” or those police officers involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs. PCOO “You are part of the government. Magkasama na tayo ngayon. Kung ipitin kayong komunista, and they really want trouble, I will give you new firearms. Mas maganda pa dito,” said Duterte.