By Francis Wakefield
The local government of Sibagat in Agusan del Sur declared the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNT) “persona non grata” through a Municipal Resolution passed last December 21, 2018, but released to media only on Monday, January 14, 2019.
The resolution was signed by all the members of the Municipal Legislative Council and Municipal Mayor Maria Liza L. Evangelista.
The declaration was due to the raid of the NPAs of the New Tubigon Patrol Base at dawn of December 19, 2018 where the terrorists abducted 12 CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) and two soldiers. They also carted away several firearms from the soldiers and CAAs.
The abducted soldiers and CAAs were later used as leverage by the CPP-NPAs in demanding ceasefire from the government.
The resolution stated that “the incident made the families of the hostages in chaos leaving them psychologically and mentally disturbed.
Moreover, Mayor Maria Liza L. Evangelista and the members of the Municipal Legislative Council as representative of the people condemned this atrocious acts of the CPP-NPA as they cited on the resolution that “the kidnapping and abduction perpetrated by the NPAs is a manifestation of betrayal of achieving peace, thus disrupting the peace and security of the community.”
The LGU also sighted the demands of the families of abducted CAAs and soldiers for the unconditional release of their love ones.
Reached for comment about the resolution, Brigadier General Andres C Centino, Commander of 401st Brigade said that they welcome the declaration of the LGU of Sibagat treating the CPP-NPA as “Persona Non-Grata”.
“This shows that the CPP-NPA already lost their support from the people. These terrorists only confirms their true color as the enemy of the people and that nobody should be supporting their lost ideology,” Centino said.