Rebels told not to create trouble in Sta. Maria town-A A +A
Friday, October 19, 2012
VICE Mayor Rudy P. Mariscal of Sta. Maria town in Davao del Sur appealed to the New People's Army (NPA) not to create trouble in his town.
In an interview with dxRD Sonshine Radio, Mariscal said, though no NPA-perpetrated atrocities happened in their area, residents are worried because of the recruitment activities of the communist group.
"Sa karon mao na ang problema sa uban barangay diri. Wala man sila nanghilabot pero dili maiwasan sa mga residente na makulbaan. Ang sa amo lang sa local government makasabot man mi ngano naa sila dira, basta dili lang sila maghimo ug samok, wala may problema (That's the problem in other barangays here. It is inevitable for residents to worry. On our part, we understand why they are here but they should not create trouble here)," Mariscal said.
Mariscal said among the affected barangays in their area are Datu Dalikasao, San Pedro, Buca, San Juan, San Antonio, and Datu Kidadan.
"Mao na ang mga barangay kung diin asa na sila gaagi-agi. Wala man nuon mi nadungog nga naa sila gidunbulan or gi-harassed pero matud pa sa mga nagsulti man-recruit lagi daw aron madungagan sila, kana ila gikahadlukan," Mariscal said.
In response to the vice mayor's concern, Lieutenant Colonel Norman Zuniega, chief of the Army's 39th Infantry Battalion, vowed to augment troops that will conduct security patrol in the affected areas.
He said they will request additional troops from the 10th Infantry Division. (Ivy C. Tejano)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 19, 2012.