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Army lauds NegOcc for declaring NPA persona non-grata

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Negros Oriental’s provincial government received kudos from the Philippine Army for declaring the communist New People’s Army “persona non grata.”

Maj. Gen. Dinoh Dolina, head of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said the provincial government “made the right and appropriate action” against the NPA.

Dolina referred to the NPA as a “communist terrorist group” that is “responsible for the series of atrocities in Negros Oriental victimizing not only security forces but also government and private properties and most of all defenseless civilians.”

He was referring to the Provincial Peace and Order Council’s Resolution No. 3, which declared the CPP-NPA as persona non grata last March 12.

Dolina encouraged other provinces in the Visayas to pass a similar resolution.

The resolution cited that “the socio-economic advancement of the province had been affected due to the series of atrocities conducted by the CPP-NPA Terrorists that propagate fear to the general public and even potential investors which made a terrible economic implication not only in the province but the whole country as well.”

Also, the PPOC said the atrocities perpetrated by the NPA is “a manifestation of betrayal of achieving peace, thus, disrupting the peace and order situation of the province.”

“The people are fed up with these anti-people, anti-peace, and anti-development communist-terrorists. They have no place in a peace-loving community,” Dolina said.