The City Council has softened up on its earlier stance not to declare the New People’s Army (NPA) persona non grata, with councilor Jimmy Carbonell saying they are considering making the move finally.
Carbonell said Friday at the Provincial Task Force-Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) Summit that they are considering the passing of the declaration, understanding it is necessary to the success of the “Whole-of-Nation” approach drive to eliminate the communist insurgency.
“We are aware of the necessity of declaring the NPA as persona non grata. I initiated a resolution supporting the move of the national government against the NPA. But we will look into considering the possibility na mag-file ulit ng resolution for this,” he said.
Carbonell said during his presentation that 42 of 66 barangays in Puerto Princesa City had already activated their task force ELCAC.
He said the remaining 24 are also set to establish them.
Earlier, newly-named Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chairman Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez said that Puerto Princesa City should comply with Executive Order no. 70 to end the local armed conflict.
He said local government units (LGUs) should not be afraid as it is one of their mandates.
“Kinausap ko na si Mayor Bayron, like me exposing myself ay wala akong nakikitang problema, kapag hindi ka nagdeclare mukhang sympathizer ka. It is a whole of nation approach kaya sabi ko kay mayor pag-isipan nyo at kausapin mo ang mga konsehal mo. Kung ‘di nya kaya [kausapin ang mga konsehal] sayang ang pagpapanalo niya sa kanila. I need Puerto Princesa City to declare NPA as Persona non grata,” Alvarez said.
In Palawan, 20 out of 23 municipalities namely El Nido, San Vicente and Roxas are not yet pass the same resolution.
“Natatakot eh, paano natin mapakita sa kanila na ‘wag gawin dito? Bahala kayo magbakbakan sa ibang lugar basta ‘wag dito sa Palawan na paangat pa lang. Kinausap ko na sila na gawan na ng action para totally masugpo natin,” Alvarez added.