BANGUED, Abra, Oct. 27(PIA) - The Council of Indigenous Peoples' Mandatory Representatives (IPMR) wants to keep the ancestral domains of the indigenous peoples particularly in the Tingguian municipalities as zones of peace.
In Council Resolution No, 3 series of 2020, IP leaders declared the New Peoples' Army (NPA), the Communist Party of the Philippines- National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NDFP), and all other left-leaning groups that are considered threat as "persona-non-grata" in all the Tinggian ancestral domains of the province particularly in the municipalities of Tubo, Malibcong, and Lacub .
This is as an expression of their indignation against these communist terrorists groups(CTGs) who adversely affected the peace, order and security of their lands and the people.
Provincial IPMR Romero Daoaten led the municipal IPMRs in signing the resolution declaring CTGs as personan-non-grata during the IP Day celebration in Oct. 21.
Daoaten lauded the IPMRs for their continuous commitment in keeping their areas as zones of peace, in support to Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte "institutionalizing a whole-of-nation approach in ending local communist armed-conflict (ELCAC) towards the attainment of sustainable and inclusive peace."
Daoaten also calls out to all recruited IP youths to return to the folds of the law.
There are 15 conflict-affected barangays in the province per report of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. Hence, the Provincial Task Force -ELCAC led by Abra Governor Joy Bernos is doubling its efforts to bring all necessary services and projects in these barangays as their strategy to keep the Abrenians from joining any leftist recruitment. (JDP/CAGT - PIA CAR, Abra)