Rebel priest’s son now an Army soldier


JORDAN Balweg was a baby when his father, slain rebel priest Conrado Balweg, formed the militia, Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army. He has been integrated into the military this week.

CAMP MELCHOR DELA CRUZ, Isabela—Jordan Balweg was an infant when his father, slain rebel priest Conrado Balweg, and his militia, the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA), negotiated peace with the late President Corazon Aquino in 1986.

More than 20 years later, Balweg’s 26-year-old son was officially integrated into the Philippine Army, along with 57 former members of CPLA, in a Dec. 29 ceremony in this military camp.

The integration of the CPLA members into the military fulfills a condition of a 2011 closure agreement for peace negotiations under the term of Aquino’s son, Benigno Aquino III.

Last year, Jordan had been supporting CPLA members in Kalinga who refused to submit to the government-brokered closure plan, believing it was not what his father wanted.

The Kalinga militiamen said the term “closure” meant terminating the “sipat,” a cessation of hostilities binding CPLA and the government while they negotiated terms for an autonomous region in the Cordillera.

The creation of the Cordillera Administrative Region in 1987 was the first step taken to fulfill this goal, but Jordan, in a 2011 letter to the Inquirer, said that closing the sipat forged in Mt. Data in Mt. Province “makes autonomy an impossible quest.”

The closure agreement was negotiated by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and sets the protocol for the CPLA’s disarmament and conversion into a nongovernment organization.

But the CPLA’s Kalinga-based members protested the agreement at the Regional Development Council.

So many were surprised to see Jordan receive his military integration papers from

Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, Philippine Army chief, during the ceremony.

“I think this is the best thing for me—to defend the country. So I accepted the offer to be a soldier,” Jordan said.

He said it was not an easy decision to join the military. Villamor Visaya Jr., Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • mangtom

    Rebel priest’s son? Paring Katoliko ba ito? If so, he has a son? Son of a gun!!!

    • Ricgwapo

      Who are we to condemn? Who are we to judge? Please I encourage everyone to read the Word of God, the Bible. NO hurt feelings po!

    • bugoybanggers

      Si Fr. Balweg ay hindi tulad sa nilalahat mong paring Katoliko na si Damaso. Siya ay mandirigma katulad ng ibang Paring Katoliko na sumapi sa CPP-NPA-NDF. Ang layunin nila ay pangalagaan ang mga api! Hindi tulad sa mga PASTOR ninyo na puro paninira lang at daldal..kasama ka.

      • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

        Mga usapang ganito nalilihis ng landas at nahahantong sa walang kahihitnang mabuti. Too much emotions here is not required. Say your mind calmly then you can go farther without interruptions. This country needs better minds very badly and better attitudes too.

      • bugoybanggers

        Wag kang mag malinis dahil totoo.

  • Ricgwapo

    All the best to you Office Balweg.  Your father’s struggle for recognition of your people is now paying off.  Only peace could move our country forward.

    May God Almighty bless you with your career, as well as those of the former members of the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army who have taken the path of peace.

    Your people have a very proud history of nationalism. Being more closer to God Almighty will bless your people more than ever unimaginable.

  • catalansbarce

    Another success of Aquino’s administration. Officer Balweg and the Militiamen.., thank you
    for joining our community. Keep it up.., you are the assets of lasting peace in Cordillera.

  • bugoybanggers

    Dugong mandirigma.. mabuhay ang iyong lahi!

  • Boying

    Huh. Who cares. CPLA is a spent force anyway. wracked with revisionism and factionalism!!

  • reader2323

    nice move to give chance the development in their area if rebellion will persist the development will be hampered.

  • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

    This is one example why priests should officially be allowed to procreate (not in the dark alleys). To produce sons and daughters who can serve their country well, and continue life productively. Life is not meant to be a dead-end, and whoever teaches you that,  lies.

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