Bancasi, Butuan City – The Army Commander in Caraga urged local leaders and its residents to reject the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) during the Municipal Development Council (MDC) and Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) Launching of the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) of the Municipality of Jabonga yesterday morning, Sunday, October 27, 2019 held at the Multi-Purpose Gym, Brgy Baleguian, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.
In his speech during the launching of MTF ELCAC in Jabonga town, Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade challenged the local leaders and residents to reject outright the CTG and its allied left-leaning organizations in order to move forward in one direction particularly in ending the local communist armed conflict and attain a long and lasting peace in the said town.
The launching as a manifestation of rejection of CTG and support to the EO 70 was also highlighted with the Jabonga MTF ELCAC’s 1st resolution declaring the CPP-NPA-NDF and its Allies as Persona Non Grata in Brgys A. Beltran, Maraiging, Bangonay, Libas and Baleguian of same town.
Present during the joint MDC-MPOC resolution signing of Jabonga which officially created and launched the town’s MTF ELCAC were Hon Dale V Corvera, Provincial Governor of Agusan del Norte,Hon Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, Representative of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte and other invited guests from different agencies and stakeholders.
Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade said, “The local residents must resist the CTG and reject them from their communities. Your Army will side by side stand in unity with the local leaders and its people to demonstrate that the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNTs) and its left-leaning legal organizations have no place in our peace-loving communities. It’s easier said than done but with the local leaders leading their constituents in the fight against the terrorist group and at the same time addressing the root causes of the insurgency problem, no doubt we can achieve to end local communist armed conflict in Caraga the soonest possible time.”
“The operationalization of the Whole of Nation Approach as a new mantra in all levels of local governance to end local communist insurgency on the ground is a big challenge due to threat and intimidation from the CNTs particularly against civilian stakeholders. However, we call on to all local officials and IP community leaders to unite and join hands and continue supporting the peace and development interventions. Rest assured that your Army in Caraga will never cease in fulfilling its mandate to protect the communities from every threat group”, Col Licudine added.