Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela- Residents of Barangay Baay in the municipality of Pinukpuk, Kalinga joined forces to condemn the infiltration and deception of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) on September 22,2020.
Dubbed as Walk for Peace with the theme: “Lakad Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Iwaksi ang Terrorismo at Karahasan,” the residents marched with signboards denouncing the terroristic activities of CPP-NPA-NDF and condemning the 50 years of lies and deception of the said Communist Terrorist Group.
The residents also burned the CPP-NPA-NDF flags together with the effigy of exiled CPP founder Jose Maria Sison and the images of NPA leaders operating in the province of Kalinga.
Together with the Local Government Unit and Barangay Officials, Pinukpuk Mayor Irving B Dasayon led the activity and thanked the 50th Infantry Battalion on their effort to protect their municipality against the terrorist group. He also assured the government troops of their continuous support in ending local communist armed conflict in their municipality. “The intensified Community Support Program activities, the efforts of Pinukpuk Municipal Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) and the support from the community are complimenting each other that resulted to the success of this activity against the CPP-NPA-NDF,” said Dasayon.
Lt Col Allan G Espela, Battalion Commander of 50IB said that the activity symbolizes the empowerment of the communities and manifests their awareness on the evil intentions of the CPP-NPA terrorist. The activity also encourages social involvement and active participation to deny the infiltration of CPP-NPA-NDF in their communities. The residents are promoting peace and establishing a resilient-community against terrorist organizations like the CPP-NPA-NDF and its allies.
During the ceremony, a former rebel recalled his experiences and spoke of the ills and evils of the CPP-NPA-NDF. He called for the condemnation of the communist terrorist and stressed out the deception of the NPA and its allied organizations.
BGen Laurence E Mina PA, Commander of 5th Infantry Division, lauded the LGU of Pinukpuk, Kalinga and its residents for holding an activity that signifies people’s support of the campaign against insurgency. “I am grateful to the peace-loving people of Pinukpuk for showing their active support to end the 50-year insurgency and their desire to attain genuine peace. This is a manifestation of the irrelevance of CPP-NPA in the eyes and hearts of the people. Together with the whole of government agencies and departments, we are one with and for the people.”
Meanwhile, Walk for Peace will also be held in Barangays Limos and Apatan, both of Pinukpuk on September 23 and 24, 2020 respectively.