Wednesday, August 14, 2019

6 Aurora towns declare NPAs ‘persona non grata’

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 14, 2019): 6 Aurora towns declare NPAs ‘persona non grata’

Lt. Col. Jose Mari F. Torrenueva II, commander of the Philippine Army's 91st Infantry "Sinagtala" Battalion. (File photo by Jason de Asis)

BALER, Aurora -- Six towns in this province have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as “persona non grata”, the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion said on Wednesday.

Sinagtala commander, Lt. Col. Jose Mari F. Torrenueva II, in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), said the municipalities of Dingalan, Dilasag, Casiguran, Dinalungan, Maria Aurora, and Dipaculao have declared the communist organization as “unwelcome” through their respective resolutions.

“The local government units of Baler and San Luis declarations, on the other hand, are now on process and waiting for their Sangguniang Bayan’s approval,” Torrenueva said.

The Army official said this development is due to the creation of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) through Executive Order 19-0015 which was signed by Governor Gerardo A. Noveras.

He also noted that other towns in his areas of responsibility, particularly Bongabon, Gabaldon, and Laur in Nueva Ecija, are now also crafting their own resolutions for the "persona non grata" declaration in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to strongly resist the CPP-NPA and cooperate with the government in ending the communist insurgency in the country.

Likewise, Torrenueva said Barangays Lublub, Abuyo and Marikit in the town of Alfonso Castañeda in Nueva Vizcaya are also moving for the total withdrawal of support for the terrorist group.

“They are all set to pass the same resolution,” he said.

He is optimistic that the insurgency would soon end following the issuance of Duterte's executive order that mandates the institutionalization of the “whole-of-nation approach” in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace through the creation of a national task force.

Last month, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) approved a resolution condemning the actions and activities of the CPP-NPA, its front groups and affiliates and declaring their presence detrimental to peace and development in this province.

Brig. Gen. Rowen S. Tolentino, commander of 703rd Infantry Brigade, has commended the province of Aurora for its bold move in passing the said resolution through the PPOC.

He said the Philippine Army will continue to support such unified movement which aims to condemn the actions of the terrorists that disregard the country’s campaign in attaining peace.

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