TARLAC CITY -- The local government of San Clemente declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) as persona non grata or undesirable in the town.
Mayor Elma Macadamia said the declaration is their contribution to the Whole-of-Nation approach in attaining sustainable peace.
"Our 12 barangays each passed a resolution condemning the atrocities of the CPP-NPA," she said in a forum.
For his part, 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Norberto Aromin Jr. lauded the efforts of San Clemente. He emphasized that the move of the local officials on standing against communist terrorists is a bold step to resolve insurgency and maintain the peace in the area.
"The declaration is a solid proof that down to the barangay, people are awakened by the truth that only in the convergence of effort we can attain lasting peace and development," he said.
Aromin added this is a result of the continuous efforts of 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion in engaging the local executives and different stakeholders to finally put an end to the deceitful tactics of the communist terrorists down to the barangay level.
"We will continue our community support program with the concerted efforts of government agencies to prevent and deter any act of terrorism and insurgency in the province of Tarlac," he added. (PIA)