Pantukan, Davao de Oro – Residents of Sitio Lawaan, Brgy Kingking gathered and pledged their commitment to peace during the conduct of Peace Symposium dubbed as “Pulong-Pulong para sa Kalinaw ug Kauswagan sa Katawhan” initiated by the 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion together with the LGU of Pantukan, 66IB, and 10th CMO Battalion of 10ID, PA on September 12, 2021.
About 60% of the populace residing of said sitio have attended the pulong-pulong which was joined by the different speakers from the PNP, 66th Infantry Battalion, and 10th CMO Battalion, 10th Infantry Division.
An information awareness drive was conducted wherein topics on insurgency, EO 70, and CNTs deceptive recruitment scheme were greatly emphasized.
Said discussions was supported by a testimony of alyas Lando, a former rebel who shared his awful experience when he was still in the armed group and how he was deceived by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG). He compels the residents not to engage and stop aiding and support the CTGs. Instead urged them to give the full support and cooperation to the government.
The attendees were also briefed on the salient points of the provisions under The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 to include the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. They were made aware that erring supporter could be charged in violation of Republic Act (RA) 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 and Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
Moreover, the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government was also discussed along with the distribution of leaflets specifying the benefits and awards of those who will return to the folds of law.
The signature campaign of Persona Non Grata culminates the activity wherein the residents signed the resolution declaring that CPP-NPA-NDF are no longer welcome in the community. Consequently, banned from entering in the said sitio.
Lieut. Colonel Enrique Rafael, Battalion Commander 48th IB said that the Grand Pulong-pulong is one of the initiatives that the soldiers are doing in bridging the gap between the government and the people by conveying the truth about the Government’s effort in attaining peace and development and enlisting the support of the community in ending local armed conflict in Pantukan.
Residents were also grateful as they received foodpacks from the office of the Governor of Davao de Oro and Congressman 2nd District, Davao de Oro.