File photo courtesy of the municipal government of Coron Facebook page.

Coron has joined the towns in Palawan that have declared the New People’s Army (NPA) “persona non grata” and denounced its atrocities.

Western Command (WESCOM) spokesperson Lt. Col. Stephen Penetrante said Monday they received a copy of t resolution on August 3 but it was approved on April 29, 2019.

The resolution is also against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF).

He said the declaration was approved as Resolution No. 95 by the Sangguniang Bayan of Coron.

Penetrante said the town’s decision to make the declaration is important to Palawan’s campaign against communism and terrorism as one of the Philippines’ most famous island province.

“Western Command is grateful to the local government units (LGUs) that are heeding the call for the ending of local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) here in Palawan,” he said.

Penetrante said the declaration is a good indicator that Coron is prepared and willing to participate in the implementation of ELCAC under Executive Order no. 70 and the implementation of the cultural and socioeconomic programs of the government.

Aside from Coron, six municipalities have already declared the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata.

“We will continuously work hand-and-hand with our local government in sharing information and resources to maintain peace and security and finally put an end to the communist terrorist groups that have been the negative stimulus in the government for the longest time,” Penetrante said.

The municipalities that have previously made the same declaration were Brooke’s Point, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, Aborlan and Quezon.

Penetrante said eight other municipalities have filed the same resolution and are only waiting for approval by their Sangguniang Bayan.

These are Linapacan, Narra, Sofronio Espanola, Cagayancillo, Culion, Magsaysay, Bataraza, and Agutaya.

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