PCOO premieres anti-terrorism documentary 'CTG' tonight

Former NPA rebels turned over their rifles to the military in their desire to live normal lives away from the influence of communism. They surrendered to the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat province, on Wednesday (March 10, 2021). (Photo courtesy of 6ID)

CALOOCAN CITY, March 28 (PIA) -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is set to premiere an in-depth documentary focusing on the gains and challenges of our government in eradicating the New People’s Army (NPA) and their acts of terrorism against the Filipino people, on Sunday evening, March 28.
"Aside from the intensive campaign against illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has also strongly pushed for ending the communist armed conflict nationwide," PCOO Secretary Martin M. Andanar said.
Andanar also emphasized that the 52 years of existence of the armed terrorist group has been a major contributor to the disruption of peace and security in the whole country.
"As time goes by, the communist armed struggle has had extreme negative effects not only in the economy, but also in attaining peace and security for our country," he said.
"For decades, the Filipino people have experienced brutal abuses, fraud, and bloody violence that have hampered our collective development as a nation," Sec. Andanar added.
The full-length documentary explains the organizational structure of the movement as told by the former rebels who are now working with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Viewers will also learn about the tragic stories of the victims of atrocities committed by the communist terrorist groups (CTGs).
Ka Ruben Guevarra, a former head of the military operations of the Communist Party of the Philippines, stated that he had to leave his loved ones and go to the mountains to serve the terrorist group.
According to Lola Agnes, a former rebel who was the first female commander of the NPA in the Bicol region, she once embraced the ideology of the terrorist group. Later on, she realized she was deceived. She recalled that they recruit by taking advantage of the poor people.
One of those who lost faith in the movement was Louie. He shared that the sacrifices he made while he was still a member of the NPA were all for naught.
Now, the former rebels only hope for one thing— that no one gets to be deceived by the NPA anymore.
The “CTG” documentary shows a group of former rebels in Bukidnon, trained to recruit back the people they once deceived and help them return to the folds of the government.
The documentary also follows the untold stories of our modern heroes—the valiant members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who are at the forefront of our battle against the terrorist group.
Meanwhile, National Security Adviser and National Task Force to End Local  Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Vice-Chair Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. shared that the over five decades of government intervention to dismantle the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army - National Democraftic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) has resulted in 113,000 casualties. On the other hand, there were 100,000 deaths recorded  related to the CPP-NPA-NDF's terror attacks on civilians and uniformed personnel.
"Ang number one political security threat ay ang Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) dahil gusto nilang pataubin, patalsikin ang gobyerno, upang sila ang mamuno sa Pilipinas at ginagawa nila ito ng 52 years na [The number one political security threat is the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), because they want to topple the government, so they can assume leadership in the Philippines and they have been doing this for 52 years]," Sec. Esperon said.
Catch “CTG: An Anti-terrorism Documentary" on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 9:30 p.m. on PTV-4 and IBC-13. It will also be livestreamed on the Presidential Communications Operations Office and other government-affiliated social media pages.
The PCOO said media outlets are free to share and use their video materials and short documentaries. For inquiries, please send e-mail to pcooglobalmedia@pco.gov.ph. (PIA NCR)

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

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