DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Friday, December 11, 2020, said at least 90 percent of the local government units (LGUs) in the country have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as well as its armed and political units as persona non grata (unwanted persons).

A total of 1,546 provinces, cities and municipalities, and 12,474 barangays have made such a declaration.

Año said all these LGUs have passed resolutions declaring the communist terrorist groups (CTGs) as persona non grata in their respective areas.

Covered by such a declaration is the CPP’s armed unit New People’s Army (NPA) and political arm, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“The remaining 169 LGUs are in various stages of deliberation in their respective provincial, city and municipal councils,” said Año.

"Maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw na isinusuka na ng sambayanan ang CPP-NPA-NDF at ang mga front organizations nito. Nagpapasalamat kami sa mga LGUs na nagsasarado ng kanilang pintuan sa mga CTGs at ipinapakita ang kanilang mariing pagtutol sa mga Komunistang Teroristang Grupo," he added.

Año commended the LGUs for stepping up and cooperating in the government campaign to end insurgency and terrorism in the country.

Based on DILG records, all the LGUs in six of the 17 regions nationwide have declared the communist groups as persona non grata. These are Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Mimaropa and Cordillera Administrative Region.

Four other regions are nearing absolute declaration.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), nine out of the 16 cities and one municipality have passed resolutions condemning the atrocities of communist terrorist groups and declaring the CPP-NPA-NDF unwanted persons.

These are Caloocan, Las Piñas, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasig, Quezon, San Juan, and Valenzuela.

Año said the campaign against communist insurgency needs a whole-of-nation approach just like the government’s pandemic response.

He defended the P19-billion budget for the controversial National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) for 2021.

"Much like the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to finally end this very old problem using a whole-of-nation approach, and the support from our LGUs gives us great assurance that we are not alone in this war against these atheists, Maoists terrorists,” said Año.

“Kailangan talagang magkaisa na tayo laban sa CPP-NPA-NDF dahil wala silang pinipiling panahon para makapanlinlang at mabuyo ang mga mamamayan na makianib sa kanila at mag-aklas laban sa pamahalaan," he added. (SunStar Philippines)