600 vil­lagers de­clare CPP-NPA-NDF as ‘per­sona non grata’

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY: CHRISTO­PHER D. YANSON, CHMSC Tal­isay In­tern

ABOUT 600 res­i­dents of Carol-an vil­lage in Ka­bankalan City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal have con­demned the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines - New Peo­ple’s Army - Na­tional Demo­cratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), declar­ing them as “per­sona non-grata.”

This came af­ter the killing of vil­lage watch­man Cor­ne­lio Mo­rales, 40, al­legedly per­pe­trated by the rebels on Jan­uary 29.

Vil­lage chief Jucerel Pac­u­lanag told the rebels that they are no longer wel­come in the barangay.

“Do not en­ter again in our barangay,” he said as a mes­sage to the rebels.

The res­i­dents also shared their ex­pe­ri­ences with the rebel group par­tic­u­larly on al­leged extortion.

“This is an an­ces­tral do­main and all of our res­i­dents want to live peace­fully and we will never let the same fate hap­pen again to any­one of us,” he said.

“Hand in hand, we will work to­gether for peace,” he added.

The res­i­dents dur­ing the “pu­long-pu­long” led by the 62nd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (IB) of the Philip­pine Army also took an oath of al­le­giance to the con­sti­tu­tion of the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines.

For his part, Lieu­tenant Colonel Eg­berto Da­coscos, com­man­der of 62nd IB who led the oath­tak­ing, said the res­i­dents vowed to con­tinue their loy­alty to the con­sti­tu­tion and with­draw sup­port from the com­mu­nist ter­ror­ists.

The pres­ence of the barangay of­fi­cials and the res­i­dents is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of their full sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion to the Philip­pine Army, he added.*

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