Antique village declares CPP-NPA ‘persona non grata’
The village of Pandanan in Lauan town, Antique province has declared the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), as “persona non-grata.”
Pandanan is the first village in the province to declare communist rebels unwelcome in their locality, according to Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division’s Public Affairs Office chief Captain Cenon Pancito III.
“Pandanan is categorized as one of the inner villages in Lauaun and considered an NPA-infested village,” said Pancito in a press conference at Camp Delgado in Fort San Pedro.
In a resolution, village chief Jerry Bucio noted that Executive Order 70 institutionalizes the “whole-of-nation” approach that aims to address the root causes of insurgencies and facilitates and ensures the active participation of all sectors of society in the pursuit of the country’s peace agenda.
Bucio also cited the growing socio-economic development that had been affected by activities perpetrated by the CPP-NPA.
“We continue to call for the rest of the villages and local government units not just in Antique but in Panay to likewise do the same, to denounce the armed struggle or the armed movement and cooperate with the government,” he added.