Official Statement of Hon. Salvacion Azarcon condemning CPP NPA for kidnapping seven (7) innocent civilians including minor children

Official Statement of Hon. Salvacion Azarcon condemning the recent kidnapping of seven (7) innocent civilians including minors perpetrated by the Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT'S) at the boundary of Tandag-Lanuza, Surigao del Sur last May 30 2019.

The kidnapping of my constituents from Sitio Ibuan, Brgy Mampi on May 30, 2019 which took place along the boundary of Tandag City and Lanuza has come to my attention. As Mayor of this municipality, I am furiously condemning the act of terrorism of NPA’s with no respect to the Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law. The Lanuzanons are disheartened by this heartless incident included a clear violation of RA 7610 “Strong deterrence and Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination, and for other purposes.”

I urged my constituents to always be on guard and look after each other’s back to ensure the safety of every member of our community. Let us not tolerate any acts of terrorism such as this to happen again in our locality. We need to work together, collaborate and combine our efforts to show the Communist NPA Terrorist that we are not afraid to condemn any inhumane activities perpetuated by them. We must deny this group of any kind of support for their terroristic undertakings and disillusioned cause.

We demand to the Communist NPA Terrorist to release the kidnapped victims and let the people of Sitio Ibuan live in peace. Their families are worried, weary and depressed. We are certain that you don’t want to allow the same fate to happen with your families and love ones. To the rank-in-file members of the NPAs, do not be fooled and deceived by your commanders, we encourage you to lay down your arms and return to the folds of the law. Our Government has implemented various programs to uplift your living condition. One of them is the enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which aims to provide you the livelihood and other benefits to your families as you start a new life and be reintegrated back to the mainstream society.

To the families of the kidnap victims, we understand that nit a single word can oppose your pain and anxiety. Rest assured that the Local Government will undertake all possible means to include collaboration with the security forces so that your loved ones will be returned  to you whole, safe and alive.