DEL PILAR, Cabadbaran City, Aug 16 - Another barangay has declared the New People's Army (NPA) and its affiliated organizations as persona non grata in Brgy. San Antonio, Remedios Trinidad Romualdez (RTR), Agusan del Norte on August 8, 2019.
The barangay council and the residents of San Antonio, RTR in the province of Agusan del Norte pledged allegiance to the government as they unitedly signed Resolution no. 41 series of 2019 declaring the members of the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People's Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its affiliated organizations as unwelcome in their community.
Brgy. San Antonio residents have been harassed by the NPA for many years.
It was in their barangay where the NPA had committed several atrocities against different government personnel and even against innocent civilians, it was learned.
These activities and acts by the NPA intensified the desire of the locals to condemn the NPA in their area through the covenant signing of Persona Non-Grata.
Meanwhile, Helario S. Sajolan, Barangay Captain of San Antonio urged his constituents to work together to attain peace in the community.
"Magtinabangay ta para atong makab-ot ang tinood nga kahusay ug kalinaw sa atong barangay kay dili kini masulbad kung dili kita magkahiusa. Dili nata musupurta pa sa NPA nga naghatag kadaot, kahadlok ug kalisod sa atong kumunidad. Tabangan nato atong kasundaluhan ug kapulisan para mawala naning NPAs ug atong luwason ang kaugmaon sa atong katawhan diri sa atong barangay (We must work together for us to attain absolute peace and order in our barangay. We cannot attain this if we are not united. Let us help the Army and the PNP to eradicate the NPA and save the future of the people here in our barangay)," he said.
Maj. Roger Gersava, Executive Officer of 29IB echoed President Duterte's mandate in his statement, "The Executive Order No. 70 calls for a 'Whole of Nations Approach' to end the Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in the country. This decree requires the collective effort of all the government instrumentalities to work for the common good of the people and the community."
"We are calling for everyone's help and cooperation to put a stop to these long years of insurgency. Many lives have been sacrificed already. Let us not allow the NPA to take another life. Let us support the government," Gersava ended. (29IB Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)