Army commander warns presence of CPP-NPA-link Anakbayan in NegOr

NEGROS ORIENTAL, April 21 (PIA) -- The 302nd Infantry Brigade (302 IB) of the Philippine Army has alerted the public, especially residents in the hinterland areas, to be on their guard as some Anakbayan members of leftist groups have been reported to recruit and exploit individuals in different areas of the province.

Col. Leonardo Peña (standing, left), brigade commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade, urges members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council to also address the threats of remaining armed insurgents and the roots of insurgency in Negros Oriental. (PIA Negros Oriental)

In a Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting, Col. Leonardo Peña, brigade commander of 302 IB, said his command received reports that Anakbayan members have been visiting the Balinsasayao Twin Lake, Bacong town, and part of the municipality of Siaton.

It was noted that Anakbayan is reportedly secretly recruiting children who will be trained and used as child warriors, in addition to residents or farmers.

Peña said although these groups are not armed, most of them are organizers and CPP-NPA-linked activists.

He said although the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) only has 148 manpower operating in the province compared to government security forces, however “the strategy of this terrorist group is protracted warfare that is why they last for 52 years in their service.”

“Meaning, the longer it takes it will be at their own advantage. Because they become stronger, they can recruit, and agitate the target communities or residents on the present social problems to stir up conflict against the government,” said Peña.

Peña reiterated his call to the remaining members of the CPP-NPA to abandon the armed struggle, return to the folds of the law, as the government is willing to help them go back into the mainstream society.

He also urged government agencies and even the community to share their efforts to totally end communist armed conflict.

The Army official added that "fighting the communist terrorist group is not the sole responsibility of your security forces, it is our responsibility.”

“Ang kailangan haharap diyan ay ang ‘whole of government approach,' if there are target issues pertaining to social problems, kailangan mag act ang different agencies of the government to address that problem. Kailangan tayo mag tulungan. Likewise, we need to prevent them from further recruiting particularly the young generation,” urged Peña. 

Meanwhile, the Philippine Army has reported that the infantry brigade has conducted four armed engagements with rebel groups or communist terrorist groups (CTGs) in Siaton, Guihulngan City, and La Libertad that resulted to the recovery of several firearms and explosives, the arrest of two armed men, and nine rebels killed in January to March of this year. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)



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

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