Don’t take it out on civilians, NPA told

first_imgIn Antique, the local govern unitsthat 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. “What they are doing is cowardice,”said Army Captain Cenon Pancito III, the 3ID spokesperson. The other barangay councils wereCuartero, Capiz (Putian, Mahunod-hunod, San Antonio, Carataya) and Calinog,Iloilo (Binulosan). In Iloilo, these were themunicipalities of Maasin, Janiuay, Igbaras, Bingawan, and Miag-ao, and IloiloCity. “We are publicly denouncing the rebelsand warning them to stop recruiting students. They are not welcome in our town.What we want is peace, and we want an end to the armed conflict,” said Mayor He appealed to the people to “take abold stance against the NPA.” The most recent of these barangaycouncils was that of Barangay Igtuble in Tubungan, Iloilo. An estimated 30 heavily armed men setof fire three heavy equipment of F & T Construction, contractor of aP2-million road project in Barangay Luyang, Sibalom, Antique, on Nov. 15. “The equipment that the rebelsattacked were not the military’s and those were not in any way involved in thearmed conflict so why burn them. The NPA is in reality sabotaging governmentefforts to improve people’s lives,” said Pancito. They identified themselves as NPArebels to the road project foreman and a laborer who were staying in thebunkhouse before pouring gasoline on the three heavy equipment (road roller,hydraulic excavator and road grader) So far, according to Pancito, 22municipalities and a city in Panay Island have declared the NPA persona nongrata. The arson would result to delays inthe completion of the road, he added.center_img On Nov. 14 the local government ofBingawan, Iloilo rallied its constituents into signing a peace covenantsupporting the anti-insurgency campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippinesand Philippine Nationa Police (PNP) and declared rebels as persona-non-grata. Barangay councils, too, were declaringthe rebels persona non grata, said Pancito. “If they really want a fight, theyshould face us squarely, not destroy construction equipment beneficial to thecommunity,” said Pancito. “We expect more towns and villages doto the same,” said Pancito. “We strongly condemn this terroristicact of the NPA. The victims here are not only the project contractor butordinary citizens of Sibalom and adjacent towns who stand to benefit from theroad project,” said Pancito. The signing of covenant wasparticipated in by students and youths, barangay officials and other sectors. ILOILO City – The Philippine Army’s3rd Infantry Division (3ID) has thrown a challenge to the New People’s Army(NPA) in Panay Island – face government troops instead of harming unarmedcivilians. The peace covenant also denounced NPAatrocities. The rebels recently torched aconstruction company’s heavy equipment in Antique province. Mark Palabrica./PNlast_img

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