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RTF-ELCAC TWG-10 to end CTG-NPA resource generation

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Aug. 31 (PIA)–The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict Technical Working Group (RTF-ELCAC TWG) Northern Mindanao met, August 27, to harmonize interventions in countering/ending New People’s Army’s (NPA) resource generation to attain peace in the region. 

Discussed in said meeting were plans, projects and services to be provided to the vulnerable sectors of society as well as some ways to end resource generation or extortion by the NPA. 

“One positive development we are undertaking here in the RTF-ELCAC is the effort of the regional task force to recommend for the creation of the 13th line of efforts (LOE) specifically for the resource generation of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG). This is very important because it will strengthen our capability for case build up; it will help us in identifying the sources of funds,” Regional State Prosecutor Merlyn Uy said.

Uy believed that the move is a huge step in effectively building cases against individuals, groups, businesses, corporations, and even local officials that provide material and resource support to the terrorists with the Anti-terror Act.

“What is not given much focus is the extortion locally done by the CTG. For so long, we have already known that it is going on for a long time. That’s why insurgency continues despite our military efforts,” 4ID commanding officer MGen. Andres C Centino said, noting the importance in cutting off the resources of the terrorist group as an important factor in ending communist armed conflict.

Through the implementation of the anti-terror law and the strengthened, harmonized efforts of the different government agencies, the RTF-ELCAC moves closer in attaining peace in the region and end the scourge of the CTG. (VPSB/PIA10)

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