Kalinga keeps communist terrorist groups out
By Liza Agoot / Philippine News Agency
UNITED. Tabuk City Mayor Darwin Estrañero (left) and Kalinga province's village officials reiterate their support to government efforts against insurgency during a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict meeting on Friday (June 4, 2021). The city and seven municipalities all declared communists as personae non gratae. (Photo courtesy of PIA-CAR)
BAGUIO CITY – Officials of Tabuk City, Kalinga has declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) persona non grata.
Mayor Darwin Estrañero and village officials, during the orientation of the Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management cluster meeting of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on June 4, said they denounce the armed struggle.
The orientation was organized by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Region 2.
“We denounce the CPP-NPA-NDF, its officers, and members for their attempts to overthrow the government,” Estrañero said in a statement, following the issuance of Executive Order on Wednesday that declared the CPP-NPA-NDF members are unwelcome in the city.
On March 19, 2018, the city council of Tabuk passed Resolution 041-A series denouncing the CPP-NPA-NDF for engaging in illegal/unlawful transactions/activities within the different barangays.
In a video message, the mayor also called on his constituents to be vigilant and monitor the youth who could be swayed by communist terrorist groups (CTGs) into joining the movement.
“Let us continue to make Tabuk City a progressive and peaceful place,” he said.
Kalinga Provincial Police Director Davy Vicente Limmong joined the official declaration against the CPP-NPA-NDF, saying Tabuk City and all seven towns in Kalinga condemn the CTGs.
The town of Pasil, the last municipality that declared the CPP-NPA-NDF persona non grata in 2020, will also sue those who will support the insurgents.
The CPP-NPA-NDF is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Philippines. (PNA)