The peace-loving people of Calamba, Misamis Occidental has declared the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front (NDF) as persona non grata through a resolution passed by the Municipal Peace and Order Council, effective June 18, 2019.
Resolution No. 1 series of 2019 states that: “The peace-loving people of Calamba, Misamis Occidental still aspire to bring their municipality closer to the peace that they always dreamt of;”
“The people of Calamba, Misamis Occidental must take a stand against the presence of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG) in their respective localities in order to show their sincerity and support to the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to once and for all end the communist insurgency in the country;”
“The people of Calamba, Misamis Occidental are already fed-up with the 50 years of lies and atrocities of these bandits against our people for their criminal acts and violations of the International Humanitarian Law;”
“The local chief executives (LCEs) and Municipal Vice-Mayor in Calamba, Misamis Occidental have stressed that their constituents want to live in a peaceful, prosperous and happy community.”
“This bold move is a great help in our effort to protect the communities from the atrocities of the communist terrorist group,” said Lieutenant Colonel John Andrada, 10th Infantry Battalion Commander.
“Likewise, this will ease our burden on neutralizing the CTGs because we expect more information from the constituents regarding their presence in the localities,” he added.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade said that with the declaration, the CTG will have a small chance of recruiting the populace especially the farmers, the youth, women, and the indigenous people to join their group.
Major General Roberto Ancan, Joint Task Force Zampelan Commander, lauded the local government unit of Calamba, Misamis Occidental on the declaration of the CTG as persona non grata.
“This audacious action by the local government unit of Calamba, Misamis Occidental will ease and hasten our campaign against the terrorist group,” MGen Ancan added.
“With the help of the locals, local chief executives, and other stakeholders, we can end the insurgency, attain a just and lasting peace, and continue on with the progress and development of the province,” he concluded. WESTMINCOM