23 LGUs declare NPA ‘persona non grata’

first_imgIn Iloilo,these were the municipalities of Maasin, Janiuay, Igbaras, Bingawan, andMiag-ao, and Iloilo City. The otherbarangay councils were Cuartero, Capiz (Putian, Mahunod-hunod, San Antonio,Carataya) and Calinog, Iloilo (Binulosan). ILOILO City –Twenty-two municipalities and a city in Panay Island have declared the NewPeople’s Army (NPA) persona non grata, according to the Armed Forces of thePhilippines (AFP). “We expect moretowns and villages do to the same,” said Pancito. Palabricaconfirmed that the NPA tried to recruit students of Bingawan National HighSchool in recent months. The signing ofcovenant was participated in by students and youths, barangay officials andother sectors. The peacecovenant also denounced NPA atrocities. On Nov. 14 thelocal government of Bingawan, Iloilo rallied its constituents into signing apeace covenant supporting the anti-insurgency campaign of the Armed Forces ofthe Philippines and Philippine Nationa Police (PNP) and declared rebels aspersona-non-grata.center_img In Antique, thelocal govern units that made such declaration were San Jose, Anini-y, Barbaza,Belison, Caluya, Culasi, Hamtic, Libertad, Pandan, Patnongon, San Remigio,Sebaste, Sibalom, Tibiao, Tobias Fornier, Bugasong, Lauan-an, and Valderrama. Barangaycouncils, too, were declaring the rebels persona non grata, said Army CaptainCenon Pancito, spokesperson of the 3rd Infantry Division. “We arepublicly denouncing the rebels and warning them to stop recruiting students.They are not welcome in our town. What we want is peace, and we want an end tothe armed conflict,” said Mayor The most recentof these barangay councils was that of Barangay Igtuble in Tubungan, Iloilo. Itissued the declaration yesterday. Mark Palabrica. “We persuadedthe students not to attend or join the activities of militant groups becausethose were preludes to NPA recruitment. We told them joining the NPA woulddestroy their dreams. After our talk with the students, we received informationthat the rebels did not pursue their recruitment activities,” said Palabrica./PNlast_img

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