Saturday, October 10, 2020

Angry and tired: Locals hold Indignation Rally vs NPA

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental - Loudly voicing out their sentiments to the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), the local populace of Barangay Bulahan and Barangay Tipolohon gathered yesterday October 8, 2020, at the Covered court of Brgy Bulahan, Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

Among the participants were the affected workers of Del Monte Philippines Inc., Local Government Unit (LGU) of Claveria headed by Hon. Meraluna S Abrogar, the Municipal Mayor, and a representative from DMPI. Likewise, this activity was supported by the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion and the MPS Claveria.

This activity also aims to empower the community to have united and firm stand not to support the NPAs including any of its organizations.

According to the workers and the local populace, they are being tired and disturbed by the continuous exploitation of the terrorist groups that is why they called the terrorists to stop their deception, destruction, lies and their victimizing of innocent people.

They were eager to condemn the highest possible terrorists for burning the civilian equipment and hampering their livelihood.

“Karon kay gisunog nila ang mga equipo sa Del Monte, wala nami kabalo unsaon na pagbuhi among pamilya kay mao ra gyud kini ang among panginabuhi,” said Jonathan Labadan, a worker of DMPI.

In response, Hon. Meraluna Abrogar said, “We should not be threatened by these rebels. To the workers, I will get down to my knees and ask the Del Monte to return you to work, help me with this and let us show to the terrorists that we are not scared of them and that we are ready to struggle towards the life we want for our families especially for our children. Let us join hands to end this local communist armed conflict.”

Furthermore, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB said, “Now, we know the truth that the rebels only bring misery in our lives. They are just obstacles to attaining lasting and inclusive peace in our country.” “Nevertheless, we will conduct no-let up operations to keep the pressure for the much better possibility of having these remaining NPAs consider surrendering so that 58th IB, and the LGUs and partner agencies, could help them towards a better chance in life. ” Lt. Col. Canatoy ended.

At the end of the program, a symbolic burning of the terrorist groups’ flags was held condemning the different atrocities of the CPP-NPA.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 58th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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