Friday, August 9, 2019

AgNor towns join forces vs CPP-NPA-NDF

From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 9, 2019): AgNor towns join forces vs CPP-NPA-NDF

BUTUAN CITY -- Several towns in the province of Agusan del Norte have been declaring the terrorist groups Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) as persona non-grata for their ruthless acts and harassments to the people in the communities.

The municipality of Nasipit was first to make the declaration following the terrorist groups' acts that caused sufferings to the people for being inhumane and for doing senseless activities.

The local government unit of Buenavista headed by mayor Norbert Pagaspas then followed
with strong determination to put a stop on insurgency and freely deliver the basic health and social services and livelihood to conflict-affected areas which include the barangays of Sangay, Olave, Simbalan, and Guinabsan.

Mayor Pagaspas expressed his optimism that the government's vision of a peaceful and progressive town would be achieved only if these terrorist groups could no longer penetrate and cause chaos to the locals, and having an enhanced road networks that would bring more opportunities for the upliftment of lives would also contribute to making it possible.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Molina Jr., commanding officer of 23rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, there has been a significant number of NPAs who have surrendered to the government even until this time. He added that per monitoring, no more recruitment activities are being conducted in the area.

Based on records from January to July of this year, there were 27 former rebels and members of the Militia ng Bayan who are now sheltered at the Masigasig Happy Homes under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government.

The indigenous peoples led by Datu Manlig-unan Rolando Lanapan, the indigenous peoples mandatory representative supports the Philippine Army, hence, authored the resolution declaring the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non-grata in the municipality of Buenavista.

Meanwhile, LTC Molina urged other former rebels to surrender to the government and live peacefully in the mainstream society. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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