By MAR S ARGUELLES
LEGAZPI CITY: Having been a victim of sexual advances by her superior in the armed rebel movement, a female combatant of the New People’s Army (NPA) finally surrendered to military authorities recently, a Philippine Army (PA) officer disclosed last Monday.
Loradel Esquilon, alias Ka Sisa and Ka Megan, logistics and finance officer of the NPA’s Komiteng Probinsyal (KOMPROB) Sorsogon, voluntarily surrendered to the 31st Infantry Battalion in Juban, Sorsogon, according to Army Capt. Arthur Eamiguel, 903 Infantry Brigade spokesperson.
Esquilon was presented to Sorsogon Gov Raul Lee last Thursday by the Army’s 903rd Infantry Brigade, Eamiguel said.
The Army brigade spokesperson said Esquilon’s voluntary surrender qualified her to avail of the government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).
Under the CLIP and the AFP Guns for Peace Program, Esquilon after surrendering her M16 rifle with magazines, ammo, and subversive documents received the amount of P50,000 as part of the firearms remuneration package and other existing assistance programs from concerned line agencies of the government.
Esquilon, the only daughter of a farmer, revealed that she joined the NPA movement in 2005 after she was promised with monetary support and a better life.
She disclosed that the repeated sexual advances made by Andres Hubilla alias KaMagno, a top NPA leader in Sorsogon, and the harsh life in the hinterlands prompted her to leave the movement.
She cited how Hubilla tried to rape her several times but was fortunate enough to escape the advances.
She, however, claimed that there were other female NPA members who fell into Hubilla’s bestial desires.
Despite the hardships she encountered she said she finally decided to come out into the mainstream society only this year after she was convinced of the government’s good programs for NPA surrenderees.
She disclosed she underwent several trainings and became a trusted follower of Andres Hubilla until she was designated as finance and logistics officer of the central committee covering the province of Sorsogon.
She claims that as finance officer, she received more or less P3 million every month as collection money from businessmen, construction companies implementing road and other infrastructure projects, and even from government officials.
She said they were able to collect more money during election period with the rebels’ imposition of PTCs (Permit to Campaign) to candidates desiring to campaign in rebel-infested or rebel-influenced territories.
Col Joselito Kakilala, Commander of the 903rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, assailed the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) for violating the rights of their female NPA members. – Bicol Mail