THE Escalante City Council has declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) persona non grata.
City Resolution 2019-050, as approved by the Escalante City Council adopting Resolution 2019-002 of the City’s Peace and Order Council (CPOC), also denounced the atrocities perpetuated by the communists.
The resolution also cited that a safe and secured environment is an important factor in fostering investment and economic growth.
"Peace and order unite religions and culture, incorporating values of security and harmony together with justice and respect for human dignity," it stated.
"Whereas, there is need for a united and concerted effort with the police, military and civilian population for the prevention and deterrence of any terrorism, insurgency, and highly organized crimes in the 21 barangays of Escalante City," the resolution added.
Lieutenant Colonel Emelito Thaddeus Logan, commanding officer of 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army, commended the Escalante City officials for their appropriate action against the CPP-NPA.
“I wish and pray that this cohesive display of moral courage and bravery of the people of Escalante will encourage other LGUs (local government units) in Western Visayas especially in northern Negros to declare the same and to continue to support the peace initiatives of the government,” Logan said.