Negros Oriental forms task force vs NPA
Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo created the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting held at the old Sangguniang session hall in Dumaguete.
The task force is an implementation of Executive Order (EO) 70 or National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict issued by President Rodrigo Duterte.
EO 70 institutionalizes a “whole-of-nation approach” to end the decades-old insurgency problem in different areas of the country.
From the series of shooting incidents in Negros Oriental, three were confirmed by the police to be perpetrated by the New People’s Army.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Benedict Arevalo, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde) of Philippine Army and Brigadier General Ignacio Madriaga, commander of 302nd IBde expressed confidence that the newly created task force will boost the campaign against the communist rebels and prevent further killings in the province.
Both army commanders also discussed with the governor the security situation, in terms of insurgency in the said province.