Bayugan City , Agusan del Sur – New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels are not welcome. The Lianga Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) has declared Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) persona non-grata through joint resolution no.1 series of 2019 signed in the Sangguniang Bayan Office, Lianga, Surigao Del Sur last June 10 and officially made public today.
The resolution states that MPOC and MADAC has adopted and affirmed the motion to declare in accordance with the present national leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in reference to Executive Order No. 70 aiming to quell the communist armed conflict in the country and Proclamation No. 374 of the Republic Act No. 10168, The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.
Lianga, particularly barangay Diatagon, houses the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) and Tribal Filipino Program in Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS), the alleged breeding grounds of the communist rebels and militants. These are the alleged counterparts of Salugpungan schools in Davao City.
Honorable Novelita M. Sarmen, Mayor of Lianga expressed her sincerest desire to end local communist armed conflict in the area. Prior to the Community Support Program in Kilometer 9, she urged her fellow Indigenous People (IP) constituents to embrace the government programs and services intended for them and not to resort in irrelevant and unnecessary activities that will not help in addressing their issues.
“I already told the people that it is not the right time (during my term) to do this (Bakwit). There is no reason to conduct this Bakwit because it does not solve any of our issues,” Mayor Sarmen, said.
Hawudon Jumar Bucales known as Datu Nahikyad, the IP Mandatory Representative said that declaring the CNTs persona non-grata in Lianga will boost their initiatives to reunite their tribe that the CNTs divided through forcefully instilling the communist ideology which violated their culture and tradition.
“Tongod to pahilo to pang honahona to Manobo na yagak yagak on to mongo tongod kay paggamet koy para ug padomahan to nia. (Dahil sa paglason sa isip ng tribo, nagkawatak-watak ang tribo dahil ginamit nila kami para irekrut sa armado), “Bucales revealed.
“Sugod sa pagdatong to NPA, nadaot on to pag onog noy to tawagon noy (Simula ng dumating ang mga NPA sa ming komunidad, nasira na an gaming tradisyon),” Bucales added.
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