From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 11, 2019): Antique LGU, police slam recruitment of minors by CPP-NPA
NPA RECRUITMENT DENOUNCED. San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer Untaran (left) and Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Irmina Magbanua sign a covenant in support of Executive Order 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte at the town's police station on Monday (Nov. 11, 2019). They also condemned the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) for recruiting minors. (PNA photo by Annabel Consuelo J. Petinglay)
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The local government unit (LGU) here and the municipal police office have condemned the recruitment of minors by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
On Monday, a condemnation rally and covenant signing was held by local officials, police, school principals and other stakeholders at the municipal police station here.
The activity also meant to show support to the Executive Order 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.
“Although San Jose de Buenavista is just considered for rest and recreation of the insurgents but then we are holding this activity to make sure that the capital town is a better place to live and work where there is no insurgency problem,” Mayor Elmer Untaran said in his message at the rally.
He said his own family members were also victims of rebel atrocities. He recalled that his mother, younger brother and their family driver were ambushed in northern Antique more than 30 years ago.
Meanwhile, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Irmina A. Magbanua said although San Jose de Buenavista and the entire Antique province is not a "target" of EO 70, they are also in the process of forming the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) as a preemptive approach.
“We are soon going to conduct orientation among the barangay officials as a preemptive, pro-active measure so they will know what their roles will be in the MTF-ELCAC,” she said.
Deputy Chief of Police Major Rowell A. Buccat also called for public support as they perform their duty to end armed conflict.