From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2019): MisOcc town’s 'persona non-grata' declaration vs. Reds lauded
Google map of Calamba town, Misamis Occidental
Officials of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division have lauded the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) of Calamba, Misamis Occidental for declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) as persona non grata in the town.
The persona non grata declaration -- meaning "unacceptable" -- slapped against the CPP-NPA-NDF was made through a resolution adopted during the MPOC meeting last week.
“The people of Calamba, Misamis Occidental are already fed-up with the 50 years of lies and atrocities of these bandits against our people for their criminal acts and violations of the International Humanitarian Law,” the MPOC of Calamba said in its resolution.
Lt. Col. John Andrada, the Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion commander, described on Tuesday the declaration of the Calamba, Misamis Occidental MPOC as a bold move that will greatly help “in our effort to protect the communities from the atrocities of the communist terrorist group (CTG).”
“Likewise, this will ease our burden on neutralizing the CTGs because we expect more information from the constituents regarding their presence in the localities,” Andrada added.
Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade commander, said Tuesday the persona non grata declaration will lessen the “chance of recruiting our people, especially the farmers, the youth, women and the indigenous people to join this terrorist movement.”
Gaerlan’s brigade, which is based in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, has operational jurisdiction over the province of Misamis Occidental.
Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, Army’s 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao provinces) commander, said the "audacious action" of Calamba “will hasten our campaign against the terrorist group.”
“With the help of the local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders, we can end the insurgency, attain a just and lasting peace and continue on with the progress and development of the province”, Ancan added.