SIATON, Negros Oriental – The people of Barangay Nangka, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental composed of more than 120 residents coming from different sitios, gathered together at Nangka Agrarian Reform Farmers Association (NARFA) Site, Sitio Ondol, Barangay Nangka, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental to condemn the CTGs and declared the NPA as Persona Non Grata today August 3, 2020 (Monday).
Residents of Barangay Nangka held a peace rally followed by the burning of NPA flags to show that they strongly condemn the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed-wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).
Participants carried posters and tarpaulins with messages calling for an end to the atrocities and violations of human rights perpetrated by the communist terrorist group.
It was highlighted with the oath of allegiance and the signing of a large banner of the Barangay Resolution declaring the members of CTGs as Persona Non Grata (PNG) by Hon. Roel Cadalso, Chairperson of Barangay Nangka.
The activity was also participated in by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led by Ms. Nimfa Marcos-Virtucio, who gave livelihood package vouchers to the Nangka United Farmers Association (NUFA) beneficiaries to support their daily living. Said vouchers include livestock, feeds, pigs, compressors for vulcanizing, sari-sari store, and fertilizers.
In his message, LTC Ramir Redosendo, Commander 11IB, stressed that “This activity only shows that these terrorists are not welcome here in Barangay Nangka. The residents made a clear commitment of support to the government’s fight against communist insurgency. Do not be fooled again in their recruitment scheme by making malicious accusations against the government. This so-called fake news brought by the CTGs against the government and law enforcers only shows that they are greatly hurt by the
sustained effort of the government, and we are on the right track in ending insurgency in our area. The government’s “Whole-of-Nation” approach to end the local communist armed conflict in Negros Oriental is an effective tool in addressing security concerns and addressing developmental challenges in the community. The passage of the Anti- Terrorism Law (ATL) will further limit the CTG exploitations and insidious acts towards innocent faces.”
“The Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) should realize that their so-called ideology is a lost cause since there is no more issue to feed on. If they want unity and cooperation, lay down their arms, and return to the folds of the law and avail the government’s reintegration program,” LTC Redosendo added.
Also present during the activity were Mr. Jonas Trias, representative of Bayawan Peace & Order Council and Mayor Pryde Henry Teves; PLT Tomas Wagas Tanutan, Deputy Bayawan City Police Station; Mrs. Elena Taburada, Dept of Agriculture Representative; Ms. Cindy Salimbagat, City Public Safety Office (CPSO); Ms. Jannette R Behagan, Municipal Agrarian Reform Office (MARO); and Barangay Council headed by Hon. Cadalso.