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Aquino govt committed to complete peace deal with breakaway communist group

Malacanang said it is committed to complete peace agreement with the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB ) and will release the money intended for the rebel group. “The Aquino administration is committed to the five negotiating tables that are pursuing a just and lasting peace,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement on Wednesday. Valte said the government will release the funds to the local government units (LGUs) in areas that will be identified for community development and livelihood assistance. Under the agreement, which was signed in December 2000 during the Estrada administration, the government made a commitment to fund the reintegration and development projects for the rebel organization.

This includes livelihood projects, housing assistance, education and training, primary health care, agriculture and irrigation facilities, farm-to-market roads, microfinance, among others. Valte also said the military expressed its support for the peace process with the RPMP-RPA- ABB, acknowledging its impact on security concerns on the ground. The Aquino administration plans to give P31 million to RPMP-RPA-ABB that will come from the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or Pamana, a P329-million fund administered by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP). RPMP-RPA-ABB is a breakaway organization from the mainstream group of Jose Maria Sison. (PCOO)