BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte- The Municipal Local Government Unit of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte declares the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and their allied organizations as “Persona non-Grata” (PNG) on July 29, 2019.

The declaration was made through Municipal Resolution Number 01-2019 issued on July 16, 2019. Mayor Norbert B Pagaspas of Buenavista stressed that “The declaration of PNG is a parallel effort to the military operations. The LGU will focus on insuring the constant and continuous delivery of basic social services and livelihood opportunities in the
hinter areas. In partnership with the Provincial and National Leadership, we will build road networks to inaccessible Brgys and Sitios to get rid of the presence of armed group hiding thereat.”

Meanwhile, Datu Manlig-unan Rolando S Lanapan, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representattive and author of the resolution said that “As the representative of the Higaonon Tribe in Buenavista, I authored a resolution declaring the CNTs as Persona Non-Grata. Many Higaonon Tribal Leaders were killed when they failed to support the CNTs. They deceived us and it is but appropriate to declare them as nuisance in
Buenavista.”-Datu Lanapan added.

Lieutenant Colonel Francisco L. Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23rd Infantry Battalion stated that “The declaration made by the LGU of Buenavista is one way of showing that they want peace. And the success of attaining peace rest in everyone’s shoulder.” LTC Molina added.