Tuesday, October 6, 2020

LGU condemns ruthless acts of NPAs in MisOr

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental - The Army’s 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion joins the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Claveria in strongly condemning the violation of Human Rights committed by the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) this morning.

At around 09:45 AM, members of the New People’s Army (NPA) burned down three civilian-owned dump trucks and a civilian bus at Sitio Talambao, Brgy Bulahan, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. Damaged during the incident were recyclable dump trucks converted for hauling of seedlings and a bus used for hauling of workers owned by Del Monte Philippines Inc.

The rebels withdrew towards Southwest direction heading Mat-I Gamay, Brgy San Juan, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental while the government troops are conducting hot pursuit of the fleeing enemy.

The act is not only a clear violation of Human Rights but also, a definite violation of the Anti-terrorism Act of 2020 which was recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last July to end the terrorist acts of the CTGs.

The CPP-NPA has been desperate in attempting to counter the government’s efforts in bringing peace and development to the people through continuous disregard of the law.

Meanwhile, Hon. Meraluna S Abrogar, Municipal Mayor of Claveria strongly condemned the act of violence perpetrated by the NPAs.

“The burning of properties is a gesture of a desperate move to discredit the government. We are saddened by the act of terrorism, but we still continue to fight and protect the peace and public welfare,” she said.

“We strongly believe that we are still the government of the people and for the people,” Mayor Abrogar added.

“We, together with the LGU strongly condemn the CPP-NPA terrorists for their blatant disregard of human rights. Besides, we will not allow these terrorists to plant fear to the communities and people whom we swore to protect,” said Lt. Col. Ricky Canatoy, the Commanding Officer of 58IB.

Moreover, he is calling the stakeholders of peace to help in convincing the remaining members of the CTGs to follow the path of peace and condemn those who advocate violence and use arms against civilians.

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

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