1,546 LGUs declare CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata

CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) disclosed over the weekend that over 1,500 local government units (LGUs) nationwide have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) as persona non grata.

In a report by PTV News Sentro Balita, at least 64 provinces, over 110 cities, and more than 1,372 municipalities, bringing the total to 1,546.

On the other hand, the DILG said over 12,474 barangays have passed a resolution to declare the members of the leftist group as persona non grata in their respective areas.

While at least 169 LGUs are in various stages of their deliberation in their respective provincial, city, and town councils.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año thanked the LGUs for their cooperation to end the communist terrorist groups’ wreaking havoc nationwide.

Año said that the time has come for LGUs to make a stand against the end the reign of terror of the CTGs and express their support for democracy, for peace, and for the country.

“Dalawang panig lang naman po ito. Sa isang panig ay ang gobyerno at ang mga Pilipino na tunay na nagmamahal sa demokrasya, kapayapaan at sa bayan.  At sa kabilang panig ay ang mga kaaway ng taong bayan na ang gusto ay patalsikin ang gobyerno at magtatag ng communist state. Saang panig tayo?” he asked.

To recall, the issuance of Executive Order 70 shifts the fight against the CTGs and their front organizations from a military-centric approach where the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are solely responsible to a whole-of-nation approach where all civilian national government agencies, local government units, and civil society organizations take an active part in ending the CTGs by addressing the root causes of the insurgency.

EO 70, which was signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in 2018, created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and institutionalized a whole-of-nation approach in achieving inclusive and sustainable peace as a means to end the five-decade problem with communist-terrorists. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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