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BANCASI, Butuan City – The Municipal and Brgy Officials of the Municipality of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur have joined hands in exposing the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Sur (NAMASUR) revealing its connection with the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) during the conduct of Information Drive and Film Showing regarding Insurgency to the Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs) held on July 23, 2020 at the Municipal Gymnasium, Brgy Poblacion, Esperana, Agusan del Sur.

In partnership with the 41st Civil Military Operations Company and 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion both under the operational control of 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, the LGU of Esperanza spearheaded by Mayor Leonida P Manpatilan with the presence of all Sangguniang Bayan Members led by Vice Mayor Eric Garica Siohan together with the full support of the IP leaders led by their IPMR, Datu Carlos “Balobagyo” M Otacan, initiated the activity attended by the Brgy Officials of the forty – seven (47) BLGUs composed of barangays Captains, Peace and Order Council Committee Chairman and IPMR in order to free the barangays from the CTG and its allied left-leaning organization that controls and influence the residents in the area.

In her speech during the activity, Mayor Manpatilan firmly encouraged her constituents to make all the barangays cleared from insurgency. Mayor Manpatilan alerted the local officials and lamented that while they thought that the barangays are peaceful, there are groups that are slowly creeping in to the communities to create chaos.

She said, “Ang Kalinaw dili makab-ot pinaagi sa pwersa. Makab-ot lamang diha sa pagsinabtanay. Dili kini mahimo sa panggamahan, mahimo lang kini sa tanan nga katawhan. Ingun pa, ‘The Whole of Nation Approach’, tanan ahensya sa gobyerno og tanan stakeholders sa barangay gitahasan nga mu-participate arun lamang makab-ot ang giatawag natu nga kalinaw og kahusay.”

Meanwhile, during the information drive, twelve (12) out of forty-seven (47) Brgy Captains of same town have come forward and revealed the presence of NAMASUR in their barangays after Maj Jerson Igloria, Executive Officer of the 4th CMO Battalion discussed the Anti-Terrorism Law recently signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the connection between the legal fronts of the CTG in the barangays and the CPP-NPA in the mountains commonly termed as White Area and Red Area symbiotic relationship. The said Brgy Officials admitted and disclosed NAMASUR’s connection with the CTG and its activities such as rallies in Brgy Guadalupe and in Butuan City since 2017.

Also, some of the members were encouraged to join teach-in activities of the CNTs. According to them, they have come forward in the open knowing the risk and danger of their safety to fully support the LGUs intention to become free from the CTG influence and sought help from the Philippine Army to reject the NAMASUR group in their respective barangays.

It can be recalled that Brgy Gaudalupe of the said town, was earlier cleared from the presence and influence of the left-leaning allied group, NAMASUR, after its own members composed of residents and Brgy officials rejected it during the Area Clearing Evaluation of CTG affected barangays and sectoral organization conducted last July 21, 2020.

In his statement, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine said, “NAMASUR is categorized as an above ground organization operationalized under the so called ‘White Area’ led by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) tasked for initial recruitment targeting urban based activist, sectoral leaders and organizers and used as platform to eventually recruit members to their underground mass organizations (UGMOs) who advocate and support the armed struggle of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the violent terroristic activities of the CPP-NPA-NDF”.

“We are thankful that there is a such an outstanding leader like Mayor Manpatilan of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, who has political will to reject the CTG from her municipality.

Indeed, it is timely that all of us must unite in order to finally end the local communist armed conflict by uncovering the masks of the CTG behind the organizations they established where poor masses were deceived and exploited for so long. To end the insurgency, we must first cut their support channel from the white area”, BGen Licudine added.

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