Executive Order No. 70, that aims to address the root causes of insurgency through the Whole-of-Nation approach, and the creation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), that is hated by the New People’s Army and its allied organizations, is gaining ground in Western and Central Visayas, a top Army official in the Visayas said yesterday.
Brig. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3rd Infantry Division commander, yesterday said that the CPP-NPA is now desperately building a fountain of lies and fabricated stories to destroy the people’s drive against insurgency, because they were badly hurt by the results of EO 70.
“Discrediting EO 70 is like rejecting peace,” Vinoya said, stressing also that their attack without concrete basis on government’s sincere strategy is an insult to the intellect of peace-loving Visayans.
Six local government units in Negros Occidental also declared the CPP-NPA as persona non grata, in support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines campaign against the local terrorist organization in Negros.
Vinoya challenged the leaders and members of the CPP-NPA and their allied groups who are blatantly maligning EO 70, to read its content for them to be enlightened.
“With EO 70, government agencies are converging their efforts toward delivering the most needed services to eradicate social issues that these communist groups are capitalizing on”, he added.
“Offering them a new and peaceful life is part of this consolidated effort, but they are the ones who maliciously and continuously reject peace and development. They are now showing their identity as true enemies of peace and progress,” Vinoya also said.
He also called on other LGUs and local chief executives to take a cue from those provinces, cities, and towns that stand bravely against the CPP-NPA by declaring them persona non grata.
“Refusing to declare the communist-terrorists unwelcome is like supporting their terroristic activities. And, supporting this terrorist group is a betrayal of public trust”, Vinoya said.*
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