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Communist rebels declared ‘persona non grata’ in Iloilo town

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A municipality in Iloilo has declared the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front as persona non grata.

Bingawan’s Municipal Peace and Order Council passed Resolution No. 02 Series of 2019, declaring the rebels unwelcome in their community.

In Panay Island, the other areas that denounced the communists are Antique province (15 towns and one of its barangays); two barangays in Iloilo; and one town and four barangays in Capiz. (https://bit.ly/37aiA08)

On top of the persona non grata declaration, Bingawan also created Municipal Task Force End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF ELCAC), a multi-agency group created to harmonize and optimize government efforts and resources at the provincial level to address the root causes of insurgency and attain sustainable peace and development.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, 61st IB commander, lauded the efforts of the people of Bingawan and the MTF-ELCAC for making a strong and solid stand against the rebels.

“I urge everyone to continue working hand in hand for peace and development not only in this municipality but to the whole Panay Island. We are thankful and glad to the people of Bingawan for showing a united effort and having a leader with a consistent and strong political will to address insurgency,” he said.