LGUs Basey, Marabut in Samar tag CPP-NPA-NDF persona non grata
TACLOBAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) – In two separate occasions on June 2, 2020, the Municipal Task Forces- ELCAC in Basey and Marabut, both in Samar, declared the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army and National Democratic Front (CNN) as unwelcome and persona non grata in their respective areas.
In a Municipal Task Force ELCAC meeting through a joint meeting of the Municipal Peace and Order Council, Municipal Development Council, Sangguniang Bayan Members and Punong Barangays of Basey, the members unanimously agreed to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army and National Democratic Front (CNN) as unwelcome in their area and persona non grata.
The decision and pronouncement transpired during the meeting that was held at the municipality on June 2, after discussing of the adverse impact of the CNN’s presence in their community.
Earlier that day, the Sangguniang Bayan members of Marabut also signed a resolution declaring the CNN as persona non grata.
The 63rd Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, welcomed these significant and pivotal decisions of the Local Chief Executives, Council members and Chairpersons including their respective Punong Barangays.
In a statement, Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Orbito said, “The people have spoken. Communism and terrorism are unwanted in Basey and Marabut.”
“I therefore ask those active and still deceived members of the CNN to instead cooperate and help build a peaceful community, Orbito added.
“Our government is opening its doors for those who wanted to go back, otherwise they will face the full force of the law if they opted to continue terrorizing the locals,” Orbito concluded.
Last year, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed Executive Order No. 70 which institutionalized the Whole-Of-Nation Approach wherein government agencies will work in a holistic and integrated manner to deliver much-needed services to remote, conflict-affected communities.
In particular, the approach will utilize localized peace engagements wherein LGUs and other stakeholders in the community will take the lead in finding solutions to resolve the decades-long communist insurgency in the country. (opt/PIA-8)