Friday, February 22, 2019

MGen Santos Jr. to NPA: Heed the people's call

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - "Heed the people's call, they are already tired of your coercion and intimidation." This was the challenge of MGen. Felimon T. Santos Jr. to the leadership of the NPA after more and more communities and LGUs are declaring them "persona non grata" in their respective communities.

"The people believe in the government's resolve to address their issues and concern and socio-economic changes that are being pushed and that they do not want this to be hampered and stalled," MGen Santos said.

Latest villages that declared the CPP-NPA as persona non grata were Barangays Caburacanan, St. Peter, Silae, Indalasa of Malaybalay and Barangay Canangaan, Freedom, and Dalacutan of Cabanglasan, all of Bukidnon Province. The declaration was made on February 20, 2019.

The Province of Davao Oriental prohibited the CPP-NPA-NDF and declared them as undesirable in the whole province after the Provincial Peace and Order Council passed a resolution on February 19, 2019, to that effect.

On February 15, 2019, villages in Surigao del Norte particularly Camam-onan and Gigaquit, both known villages where NPA thrive for the past years, banned the CPP-NPA-NDF in their villages when they declared them as persona non grata on February 15, 2019.

Last January 25, 2019, Compostela Valley Province passed a resolution condemning and declaring the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata in the whole province.

In the same manner, 21 Barangays in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon and the whole Municipality of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur declared the CPP and NPA members as persona non grata on October 23, 2018, and December 21, 2018, respectively.

"This is a good development which shows that the communities are prepared and willing to participate in the implementation of Executive Order 70, particularly on the implementation of the cultural and socio-economic programs of the government," MGen Santos Jr. said.

It can be recalled that on 2014, the Municipality of Kapalong together with the Tribal Leaders courageously declared the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata in the whole municipality including the Ancestral Domain under it, which contributed to the stable peace and order in the area.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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