LAOAG CITY – The Philippine Army (PA) has called for the support of local government units (LGUs) in their move to eradicate a “long time virus” which is deadlier than the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Brig. Gen. Audrey L. Pasia, brigade commander of the 702nd Infantry Brigade, 7th Infantry Division has asked the local chief executives present on Monday to win the presence of “local threats” in Ilocos Norte who are supporting the communist terrorists.
Pasia said for more than 50 years, the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) continues to infect various sectors such as farmers and students, among others.
In his presentation during the meeting, Pasia identified several personalities in the province who are allegedly supporters of the CPP-NPA.
“We are not red-tagging anybody here but there are some local threats in Ilocos Norte and some of them have surrendered already with the help of our LGUs,” said Pasia, adding that LGUs can reach out to them and turn to the government for support.
With the continuing government efforts to reach out to the local communities, the PA in collaboration with local government units has welcomed the surrender of underground members of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG) who voluntarily surrendered to local authorities.
The Philippine Army said “it is never too late” for the surrenderers to change and the earlier, the better so that they will have plenty of time to live in peace with their families.
The provincial government of Ilocos Norte has also assured support to those who surrender with a provision for housing and livelihood assistance.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
Since 2012, Ilocos Norte has sustained its status as “insurgency free” but local threats still persist in the area. (PNA)