THE Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTC-Elcac) in Western Visayas is asking for the support of senators for the barangay development program.
The call was made as some senators opposed the program and even proposed its defunding.
In a statement, Flosemer Chris Gonzales, spokesperson of the RTF-Elcac-Western Visayas, said the most effective way to end local communist armed conflict is to bring basic services and infrastructure projects to far-flung barangays.
The National Task Force-Elcac has undertaken the task of bringing the much-needed funds to these conflict-stricken barangays through the Barangay Development Program.
This translates to P20 million allocated to communist terrorist group-cleared barangays to provide basic services and infrastructures to improve the quality of life of the people in said areas, he said.
Gonzales said those who are opposing the program are driven by their desire to discredit the government, by their political agenda, dislike of the President, and their unreasonable and childish animosity to Lieutenant General Jun Parlade.
"In their personal vendetta against Lieutenant General Parlade, they lost sight of the bigger picture and have jeopardized the implementation of the Barangay Development Program which is a program aimed at improving the lives of millions of Filipinos in the countryside. It is about time that these senators think outside of themselves and consider the greater good," Gonzales said.
He further said senators must realize that there are bigger concerns in the country than thinking of ways to discredit, vilify and derail the efforts of the government to put an end to the 52-year-old communist terrorist insurgency.
"The honorable members of the Philippine Senate must rise above personal interests, political party affiliations, and their egos, for the sake of the people of this country whom they swore an oath to serve and to protect and most particularly, to the people in the barrios who need the presence, the preferential attention, and the help of this government," Gonzales dared.
The men and women of RTF-Elcac-Western Visayas reiterated its commitment to the pursuit of lasting peace by bringing the government to the grassroots level through the Barangay Development Program for the purpose of ending the local communist armed conflict, he said.