TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur – Another bad impact for the leftist group NPA as the Municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur declared Persona Non-Grata against them, Thursday morning, August 15, 2019.
The denouncement came to action when the office of the Sangguniang Bayan Members passed Resolution Number 14 declaring CPP-NPA and its allied legal organizations as Persona Non-Grata. Likewise, the Liga ng mga Barangay also passed Resolution Number 01 series of 2019, declaring the same.
The said activity was spearheaded by San Luis Municipal Mayor Phoebe L. Corvera who also officiated the Oath of Allegiance to the Philippine Constitution by the 400 former supporters of the NPA including Tribal Leaders and Barangay Officials from the twenty five (25) barangays of San Luis, Agusan del Sur.
As history would recall, San Luis which consists 80% of the Banwaon tribe in its local populace, while the rest are Manobo and Higaonon, is formerly the stronghold of the CPP-NPA terrorist, making it very poor on economic improvements due to its threat to investors.
Hon.Ederlina N Precioso, the Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of San Luis said, “Ato ng humanon ang ilang (NPA) pagpanamastamas sa atong mga katungod sa atong yutang natawhan. Kay kung atong huna hunaon wala silay maayong gitabang sa atong tribu, hinuon gihimu ra ta nila ug gatasan sa ilang mga armadong lihok, nga naghatag lang sa atuang kumonidad ug gubot ug kahadlok”.
“Ang CPP-NPA-NDF wala nagtabang sa atua nga makuha nato ang atong katungod sa atong yutang natawhan, kundi ang tinuod nga gobyerno pinaagi sa Philippine Army.
Sila ang nahimung dalan nato nga maaprubahan ang CADT Resolution # 079 dapit sa side 2, ug ang # 070 dapit sa side 1”, she added.
The Municipal declaration of PNG was inspired from the latest declaration of Barangay San Pedro and Balit which were both former mass bases of the NPA terrorist group.
“This declaration of persona non grata should not be taken for granted because this will be the start of our progress. Look at barangay Balit, due to their declaration, the farm to market road from Barangay Sta Rita-Policarpo-Balit had already started”, Vice Mayor Ronald Corvera proudly said during his message.
The activity also included the burning of two (2) flags that symbolizes the CPP-NPA organization. “Nakabalos gihapon ta”, one of the residents said.
“Never support these NPA terrorists again. Your government is on your side. They (NPA) have just polluted your minds in order to achieve their personal desires. You have your LGU, PNP, and Philippine Army. We are all on your side. We will help you face a brighter future. What belongs to you will be given to you,” Mayor Phoebe Corvera said.
Meanwhile, Lt Col Romeo C Jimenea,the Commanding Officer of 26th IB said, “I am glad that the San Luis LGU and Liga ng mga barangay stood together to denounce the CPP-NPA and its allied organization. To see the local government empowering its people to cooperate with the government’s effort of peace and order is a great manifestation that we are near from reaching our goal to attain peace and further development”.
“With the implementation of EO 70 which is the Whole of the Nation Approach to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict, we the 26th IB will continue to support the LGU of San Luis especially the local populace of the municipality. We will do our utmost effort to our mandate of securing the land and serving the people of San Luis”, he ended.
Likewise, the 544th Engineering Battalion also joined the said activity and extended some services such as blood pressure check up to one hundred (100) patients, free haircut to (40) children and fifty (50) adults.
Cpt Aldim Viernes
CMO Officer, 26th Infantry Battalion
Patag Cagayan de Oro City