Some villages in Capiz and Iloilo provinces declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) as persona non grata during the indignation activity in their respective barangays in February.
Capt. Hazel Joy Durotan, Civil Military Operation officer of the 301st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, said the former rebel supporters from the 13 barangays withdrew their support to CPP-NPA-NDF.
These barangays are Lahug, Nayawan, and Siya in Tapaz, Capiz; Aglobong, Barasalon, Canauillian, Panuran, and Monte Magapa in Janiuay, Iloilo; Agsirab, Bagongbong, and Panuran in Lambunao, Iloilo; and Bolo and Punong in Maasin, Iloilo.
They took an oath of allegiance after they withdraw their support from the communist group that had been declared by the government as a terrorist organization.
“More Panayanons are now becoming more aware of the deceptive tactics and strategy of the CTGs particularly on their recruitment of minors, extortion, and various terrorist activities that victimize innocent civilians and threatens the security and safety of peaceful communities,” Durotan claimed.
Their respective barangay officials led the indignation rally and burned the CPP-NPA-NDF flags.
Brig. Gen. Marion Sison, commander of the 301st IB, said the residents long for peace and development in their community and hoping a better life is waiting for them after they withdraw their support to the CPP-NPA-NDF.*