As the number of towns in Palawan passing resolutions declaring the New People’s Army (NPA) “persona non grata” increase, the military admitted that mayors in Palawan may face threats from the rebels.
Capt. Jordan Mijares, public affairs officer of the 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBDe), said Monday that mayors and other local government officials may expect threats after signing these resolutions against the rebels.
“Malamang natatakot [ang mga mayors dahil sa resolution] pero may political will kasi sila. Sino ba naman ang hindi matatakot, hindi ba? Lahat naman natatakot, kahit kami. Lahat naman siguro natatakot para sa buhay nila. Siguro in some instances threat sila pero hindi naman sila mananalo kasi hindi naman nila kayang humarap. Kaya nga ‘yong mga sparrow [unit] ‘yan na lang ang kaya nila,” Mijares said.
The latest to sign a resolution was Mayor Romy Salvame of Taytay, northern Palawan who signed early May a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Bayan declaring the NPA as “persona non grata”.
Brooke’s Point in the southern part of the province was the first to declare the NPA as an “unwelcome group” in their town.
“Pagkatapos ng Brooke’s Point ay Taytay naman ang nagpasa ng resolution. Nagkausap na rin kami ng mayor ng Quezon at sabi nga susunod na rin silang gagawa ng ganoon na resolution. Susunod na rin sila sa Taytay at Brooke’s Point,” Mijares said.
Earlier, Western Command (WESCOM) commander Vice Admiral Rene Medina said the resolutions are in support of the objectives of Executive Order (EO) 70.
The EO states about the institutionalization of the “whole-of-nation approach” in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace through the creation of a national task force to end the local communist armed conflict.
“Brooke’s Point’s move is proof that many municipalities and barangays have long desired to disassociate themselves from the communist-terrorists. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is optimistic that those who have been deceived and exploited by the communist terrorist group will be finally enlightened as true nature of these organizations,” Medina said.