The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged local government units (LGUs) that declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) as persona non grata to “not to succumb to the terrorist group’s threats and remain steadfast” in the government’s drive to end armed conflict in the country in the face of growing threats from communist terrorist groups (CTGs).
“Huwag tayong papasindak sa kanila. That’s exactly what they want and have been their mission, to sow fear among Filipinos through their illegal acts,” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said in a statement.
He added, “we have a committed ally in no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. Now is not the time to fear; now is the time to take a stand against these CTGs to show them that we will not be a party to their plot against the government and our democratic way of life.”
According to Año, Mayor Romy Salvame of Taytay, Palawan confirmed that “he and other town officials have received death threats from the NPA” after passing a resolution in May 2019 declaring the group as persona non grata in the town.
In a statement posted on its official website, the Salvador Luminoso-Bienvenido Vallever Command based in Palawan said that they “will punish the municipal officials of Taytay” and other LGUs which had passed resolutions declaring the NPA as persona non grata.
“Sa kabila ng pananakot ng NPA, nanatiling buo ang kanilang loob at ito rin ang inaasahan at hinihiling natin sa ibang mga LGU na nagdeklara ng persona non grata sa NPA,” he said. He then assured LGUs that local units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are ready to provide additional security to threatened local officials and intensify security measures in their areas.
Records from the Armed Forces of the Philippines show that at least 270 local government units in the country have already declared the NPA persona non grata in their respective localities through a sanggunian resolution.
Of the 270 LGUs that have made their stand against the atrocities of the Reds, nine are provinces, 29 are towns, 241 are barangays, and one is a city.
“Unti-unti ng lumiliit ang mundo ng mga NPA dahil mismong ang mga komunidad na ang nagtatakwil sa kanila. Sa mga susunod na araw ay dadami pa ang bilang ng LGUs na makikiisa sa kampanya para sa kapayapaan at para tuldukan ang ilan taon ng panlilinlang ng mga CTGs,” Año said.