BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur- Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The list of barangays and municipalities declaring the CPP-NPA as “Persona Non-Grata” is rapidly expanding as another Surigao del Sur town proclaimed the said terror group undesirable. Last April 9, the Municipality of Barobo led by Mayor Joey Pama declared the CPP-NPA and its front organizations and supporters as Persona Non-Grata during the 2nd Quarter 2019 Municipal Peace and Order Council Meeting (MPOC).
The municipality’s landmark resolution was motioned by Councilor Robert Luis Avila, the Chairman, Committee on Peace and Order Council; and was seconded by Arnel Templanza, President of Liga ng mga Barangay. The motion was approved by Pama who subsequently passed the resolution. With the resolution, Barobo, a second municipality, joins Tagbina as the first two municipalities in Surigao del Sur to make such move against the CPP-NPA and its front organizations namely; Kahugpungan sa mag-Uuma sa Surigao Sur (KAMASS), KATRIBU, Alliance of Concern Teachers (ACT), KARAPATAN, ANAK PAWIS, ANAK BAYAN, BAYAN MUNA, GABRIELLA, League of Filipino Students (LFS), Rural Missionary of the Philippines (RMP) and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP). Also included in the list of undesirable groups are the notorious Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) among others.
Records show that there are 18 barangays, 4 municipalities and 1 province under the jurisdiction of 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division which have done the same over the last three months. This brings the total number of 23 declarations of CPP-NPA, their front organizations and supporters as Persona Non-Grata.
Mayor Pama said: “We are one with the national government in the pursuit of peace, security and development. We believe that by declaring the CPP-NPA and its allied organizations as Persona Non-Grata, we are getting closer to our goal of attaining inclusive peace and development in our town and the entire province”.
Lt. Col. Jaime Datuin, Commander of the Philippine Army’s 75th Infantry Battalion lauded Barobo’ action. He said the declaration meant that the people of Barobo have embraced peace and are now ready for further development. He said he hopes the municipality would be able to sustain its peace and development efforts. “Declaring the CPP-NPA is not the end but is just another step towards the attainment of lasting peace and inclusive development. Together, let us maintain the momentum as we strive to end local communist armed conflict”, Datuin added