A high ranking lady official of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) from Mt. Province has thanked and accepted the government assistance extended her and her tribal community.
Following her surrender rites at the Baguio City Hall, Anne Margarette Tauli said she happily accepted the state assistance, and assured that it will be given back to the people of their community in Besao, Mountain Province.
“I’m accepting this assistance since this is also from the people and will be given back to the people through our projects in Besao where we started before Covid, some projects for progress and peace in our town,” Tauli said.
During the surrender rites, Tauli described the process she went through as “tough and grueling,” but expressed her appreciation to the people who were instrumental in her surrender.
“I’d like also to thank Gen. (Hermogenes) Esperon and (Baguio City) Mayor (Benjamin) Magalong, Generals (Henry) Doyaoen and (R’win) Pagkalinawan for what I went through which was cordial and tough, of course grueling, but which ended up with this, by allowing me to go back to our town,” she said.
Magalong, who is also chairs the Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council, lauded Tauli for making the right choice. “We are A former law enforcer, je said he understands the sentiments of those on the side against the government, but that there is another way to attain true and lasting peace.
“We understand your stand, but there will come a time you really have to make a choice, that is, support the legitimate government and advocate for peace, because if there is anyone, anybody who really wants peace in this country, probably these are the soldiers and the policemen who are really fighting and sacrificing their lives,” the Baguio City mayor said.
Tauli is now back to her clan and community. She said she now fully understands the context of the government’s whole-of-nation approach for just and lasting peace and she looks towards some progress so that there won’t be any need for a large military solution to the problem.
She expressed her acceptance and appreciation of the program and work towards peace and progress, amid the aggravating effects of the Covid-19 crisis.
Magalong said that as leftist movement and the state share the same goal of attaining peace, he invited Tauli to help the government get in touch with the members of the movement “and finally convince them that they can make a choice, and that particular choice is probably to start with dialogue.”