CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental–The Army’s 58th Infantry “Dimalulupig” Battalion joined the local government of Claveria in strongly condemning the New Peoples’ Army (NPA), the military said in a press statement yesterday.
It said NPA members burned down three civilian-owned dump trucks and a civilian bus at Sitio Talambao, Barangay Bulahan, Claveria, Misamis Oriental.
Damaged during the incident were recyclable dump trucks converted for hauling of seedlings and a bus used for hauling of workers owned by Del Monte Philippines Inc.
The rebels withdrew towards Southwest direction heading Mat-i Gamay, Barangay San Juan, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental while the government troops are conducting hot pursuit on the fleeing enemy.
The act is not only a clear violation of Human Rights but also, a definite violation of Anti-terrorism Act of 2020 which was recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last July to end the terrorist acts of the CTGs.
The CPP-NPA has been desperate in attempting to counter the government’s efforts in bringing peace and development to the people through continuous disregard of the law.
Meanwhile, Hon. Meraluna S Abrogar, Municipal Mayor of Claveria strongly condemned theact of violence perpetrated by the NPAs. “The burning of properties is a gesture of desperate move to discredit the government. We are saddened by the act of terrorism, but we still continue to fight and protect the peace and public welfare.” “We strongly believe that we are still the government of the people and for the people,” Mayor Abrogar added.
“We, together with the LGU strongly condemn the CPP-NPA terrorists for their blatant disregard of human rights. Besides, we will not allow these terrorists to plant fear to the communities and people whom we sworn to protect,” said Lt. Col. Ricky Canatoy, the Commanding Officer of 58IB.
Moreover, he is calling the stakeholders of peace to help in convincing the remaining members of the CTGs to follow the path of peace and condemn those who advocate violence and use arms against civilians. (PR)