NPA declared persona non grata in Maasin, Iloilo

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The local government unit of Maasin, Iloilo has declared the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels as “persona non grata.”

The declaration was made through Municipal Peace and Order Council Resolution No. 01, Series of 2019 entitled, “Resolution Condemning the Terroristic Acts Relentlessly Committee by the Communist Party of the Philippines New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Terrorists and Declaring Them as Persona Non Grata in the Municipality of Mason, Iloilo” dated August 8, 2019.

In passing the resolution, the town council said the CPP-NPA rebels have conducted series of atrocities targeting military, police, civilian and even government and private properties through liquidations, harassments, extortions and recruitment within the municipality. (

“The socio-economic advancement of the municipality had been affected due to the series of atrocities conducted by the CPP-NPA communist terrorist that propagate fear to the general public and even potential investors which made a terrible economic implication not only in the municipality but the whole province of Iloilo as a whole,” they added.

In June 2017, around 50 armed members of the NPA raided the Maasin police station and disarmed nine policemen.

The NPA also ambushed members of the PRO-6 Regional Mobile Force Battalion in Barangay Bolo on Nov 24, 2017. The ambush resulted in the death of Police Officer 1 Joefel Odon.