LGU Iligan, CTF-ELCAC urge public to resent influence by CPP-NPA-NDF

ILIGAN CITY, Apr. 1 (PIA)--The city government of Iligan together with the City Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (CTF-ELCAC) strongly calls on the public to reject any form of influence delivered by the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF).

This after the local government continues its fight to put an end to armed conflict brought by the local communists. 

“Kami nanghinaot nga musuporta [kamo] sa atong gobyerno. Kinahanglanon gyud namo inyong suporta pinaagi niining pagdili sa pagpasulod sa mga New People’s Army dinhi sa inyong lugar kay wala kini madala nga kaayuhan sa ato kung dili kagubot,” urged City Councilor Ian Uy, chairperson of the Committee on Peace and Order, during the CTF-ELCAC’s serbisyo caravan at Sitio Cadayunan, Brgy. Rogongon.

[We are hoping that [you] will support our government. We really need your support through refusing the entry of this New People’s Army here in your place because this does not bring us any goodness but just chaos.]

Lt. Col. Rommel Pereña, commander of the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, assured the citizens that although they have diverse culture, they hold one goal which is peace of mind, and that they should not worry as they are backed with the city’s army and policemen.

Further, PCol. Rolando Cuya Jr., Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) city director, stressed that residents should always note that leftist rebels bear many lies which should not be believed.

“Ang mga NPA mga bakakong dako. Bakakon sila kay mag-ingon sila paeskwelahon mo, tagaan mo og maayong panggobyerno, tagaan mo og trabaho pero muabot ang panahon nga naa namo sulod diha, kamo na ang mangayo ug kamo ang pangayoan. Ang gobyerno muhatag sa inyo og hinabang ug serbisyo pero sila mangayo sa inyo. Dako ang kalainan,” he firmly stated.

[The NPA are big liars. They are liars because they say they will send you to school, they will give you good governance, they will give you jobs but time will come when you are already inside, you will be the one to ask and you will be asked of something. The government will give you relief and services but they will just ask from you. There is a big difference.]

Meanwhile, Pereña disclosed that with their battalion’s continuous operation for peace and development in the area, Brgy. Rogongon is now free from the activities of the communist terrorist group (CTG). 

“Last week lang po nadeklara na ang Brgy. Rogongon ay free na from the influence of CTG. Ang ibig sabihin po niyan ay wala na silang mga organisasyon sa barangay na ito,” he announced.

[It was just last week when Brgy. Rogongon was declared free from the influence of CTG. This means they have no more organizations in this barangay.]

“Subalit, mayroon tayong mga report na umaaligid sa malayong lugar pero it just shows na iyong mga taga dito ay sa atin na dahil nirereport kaagad nila ang mga movement ng kalaban. At the same time, makikita natin na ayaw na nilang malinlang,” Pereña positively added.

[However, we have reports of their movement in far places, but it just shows that the people here are already with us because they report immediately the movement of the opponents. At the same time, we can see that they do not want to be deceived.]

Apart from Brgy. Rogongon, three more barangays were also declared CTG-free, to wit, Brgy. Mainit, Brgy. Panoroganan and Brgy. Kalilangan. (CRG/ PIA-ICIC)

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

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