The Province of Occidental Mindoro has published Provincial Council Resolution Number 159 declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as persona non-grata.
The resolution was signed by Governor Eduardo Gadiano on June 16, 2020, along with Resolution No. 171 authorizing him to conduct local peace engagement with the communist terrorists.
“The people of Occidental Mindoro no longer welcome the communist terrorists as they welcome any NPA member to return to the folds of the law and have a better beginning with government assistance,” said Gov. Gadiano, who also leads the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) of Occidental Mindoro.
“The resolutions are tangible proofs of our citizens’ collective desire and yearning for the much-coveted and much deserved peace, prosperity and development, the attainment of which was hindered by the more than five decades of insurgency across our country,” Gadiano said.
“The local government of Occidental Mindoro will be unrelenting in propagating and supporting President Duterte’s call for national healing and reconciliation because we believe that our time to move forward as one people has finally come,” Gadiano said.
During the resolution signing program held at the Office of the Provincial Governor in San Jose, a former NPA rebel who recently surrendered to security forces in the province received financial support representing part of the government’s grants under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
The former NPA rebel was a communist party member who has withdrawn his membership after being disenchanted with the communist terrorists’ exploitation of a Mangyan tribe in the province.