PEÑABLANCA, CAGAYAN, March 18, 2019-Around 1,200 members of the Anak Pawis and Makabayan Block took their Oath of Affirmation of Support to the Government on March 18, 2019 at the Capitol Grounds, Peñablanca, Cagayan.
Organizers of these Left Leaning Organizations (LLOs) conveyed to the 17th Infantry Battalion (IB) through Col. Camilo Saddam, the intent of the members from the different municipalities of Cagayan to conduct peace rally.
With this, the Philippine Army through its 17th Infantry Battalion (IB) under the 5th Infantry Division, in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Cagayan initiated the said undertaking.
“Allukuyen yu pay ida nga agsubli iti gobyerno,” said Ms. Malou Atendido, Anak Pawis leader from Alcala, Cagayan in her message addressing her fellow members. This is also supported by former organizer of Anak Pawis, Ms. Purita Rodriguez, in her message that only the government can support them through different services.
The oath taking was administered by Gov. Manuel N. Mamba. He stressed in his message the various programs, projects, and activities of the government which are all beneficial for them. He made mention of the Universal Healthcare and Free Tertiary Education. He also reiterated that such programs are intended for the people because the people are the government.
The said undertaking was also witnessed by the DILG-Cagayan and PNP-Cagayan.
A mass at the Capitol Gymnasium, a motorcade around Tuguegarao City, and a press conference at the Capitol Conference Hall were also conducted after the said activity.