TAGO, Surigao del Sur – Officials and residents of Brgy. Mampi, Municipality of Lanuza, Surigao Del Sur, has declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army and their Organizations as Persona Non-Grata.
Barangay Mampi of Lanuza, Surigao Del Sur, a far flung barangay, used to be a haven of CNTs is the first in the province to courageously condemn and declares the CNT as persona non-grata.
The previous CNT attacks and harassments to the community that resulted to the death of CADT 115 Chairman Datu Manuel Gardigo @JogJog last 2015 and hog-tied all residents believed to be military supporters last 2016 has brought fear and trauma to the residents of Barangay Mampi.
Through the Community Support Program (CSP) immersion of 36IB, basic services of the government were delivered which created a harmonious relationship with the populace that resulted to the surrender of Twenty-three (23) CNTs last March 2, 2018 and another Sixty-four (64) CNT members and supporters on March 22, 2019 to the troops of 36IB, PA.
The mass surrender of the CNT members and supporters prompted the Sangguniang Barangay officials and tribal leaders to pass and adopt a resolution declaring CPP-NPA-NDF and their front organizations as persona non-grata for its “criminal acts and violations of the International Humanitarian Law” on March 23, 2019.
The resolution said, Barangay Mampi will uphold its support and allegiance to the government and renounces its affiliation to any CPP-NPA organizations for them to live a normal life. Also, organizations conducting any activities in their community should pay a courtesy call to the barangay officials and tribal leaders for approval.
LTC XERXES A TRINIDAD INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of 36IB, expresses his support to the Local Government Unit of Barangay Mampi, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. This initiative of Barangay Mampi is a manifestation that they’re already awaken of the deceitful plans and motives of the CNTs. By this declaration, the Philippine Army particularly the 36IB will assure that the government will be working in convergence to foster development and economic growth in the area.
Notably, this endeavor of withdrawal of mass support to the CNTs not only demoralizes and weakens the CPP-NPA organization but also gives them “NO HOLD” to the community to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the New People’s Army this March 29, 2019 and other succeeding plans of treacheries and deception to the community.
I also urge all government officials to emulate the same act of courage against the CPP-NPA Terrorist. Let us stay united and work in convergence to bring peace and development in the province of Surigao Del Sur. We owe these actions to our next generations, LTC Trinidad added.