BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur – Twenty four (24) Barangays of Hinatuan Municipality declared the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as persona non grata in their communities, as they confirmed their support to the localized implementation of EO 70 in the whole Caraga Region, July 26.

The declaration was done after the Barangay Peace and Order Councils of these communities signed their own resolutions condemning the nonstop atrocities being committed by the members of the CPP-NPA, together with their affiliated legal organizations targeting the residents in the area.

In 2016, series of road blockades were recorded along the National Highway in Hinatuan which was perpetrated by the armed members of the NPAs, which brought terror to the local and international tourists visiting the province, especially the “Hinatuan Enchanted River” in Barangay Talisay.

In his statement, Mayor Shem Titing Garay, expressed his approval to this actions of his barangay officials, “To the greatest possible degree that would affect especially the people in my community, I won’t let these CPP-NPA destroy my town and the people living here peacefully with their families. We are one through this campaign for a sustainable Peace and Development of our town. Let’s support our government and condemn this terrible act done by the CPP-NPA.

Farmers in Hinatuan also expressed their support in the declaration as they denounce the exploitation of the National Democratic Front to the farmer sectors through the Kahugpungan sa Maguuma sa Surigao del Sur (KAMASS), a farmer organization established by the leftist in the province, which forced the farmers to join rallies and mass evacuations.

The Municipality of Hinatuan is under the area of responsibility of 75th Infantry Marauder Battalion (75IB) of the Philippine Army, which conducted series of Community Support Programs in these barangays in 2018.

“I encourage everyone to support our government in eradicating the atrocious act done by the CPP-NPA. All of us play a significant role to achieve the Peace and Order our country aspires. Let us support our government and work in convergence to end this insurgency, according to Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Datuin, Commanding Officer of 75IB.

Colonel Allan Hambala, Commander, 401st Infantry Brigade, also lauded the barangay councils for this step. “This is another significant move of our local government units in Caraga, as we clearly see their own efforts to show their support to the mandate of our national government. As EO 70 gains more ground on its implementation, our local officials should be the most active in leading their communities towards the direction of peace and development, especially on the barangay level, where they will be the ultimate beneficiary of all the results of EO 70.” he said.