About 400 hinterland residents of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, held another condemnation rally Thursday to show their unity against terror activities perpetrated by the New People’s Army in their communities, Army local spokesman Capt. Khadaffy Tawantawan, said yesterday.
Tawantawan said the protesters led by alias Ka Glen, carrying placards, denounced the NPA killing rampage and other terroristic activities versus innocent and defenseless civilians.
The activity in Sitio Cambairan, Brgy. Trinidad in Guihulngan City, where the local NPA held the pre-anniversary celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines last month, was highlighted by the burning of two CPP-NPA flags, he said.
Two other similar activities were also held in the place and in Brgy. Linantuyan, also in Guihulngan City, last month, by residents of the two remote barangays, following the murder of CAFGU member Joseph Gabia, that was claimed by the NPA Leonardo Panaligan Command.
Tawantawan said Guihulngan City Administrator Gian Mijares and other city department heads and Trinidad barangay chairman Pelbourne Bustamante also showed their support to the activity of the residents.
He added that Bustamante urged his constituents to withdraw their support from the local terrorist group.
Tawantawan said they have recorded 40 incidents of atrocities in Negros; mostly murder cases, where majority of the victims were defenseless barangay officials and civilians.
Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, said the series of condemnation rallies is a strong indication that the people are already fed up with the CPP-NPA.
“This is their way of showing that these communist terrorists are no longer welcome in their community, and these rallies are a clear sign that the claim of the CPP-NPA that the people support them, is not true and is just another of their many lies.” Madriaga added.
He also called on the people, especially those who are victims of the ruthlessness of the CPP-NPA, to stand against them and join others who boldly denounce their brutality and crimes against humanity.*
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