Multi-sectoral groups stage rallies vs CPP-NPA-NDF
By Ruel Saldico
VARIOUS groups composed of former rebels, local government units (LGUs), and non-government organizations (NGOs) led by Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) conducted simultaneous indignation rallies in the six provinces of the Bicol region to express their condemnation against the atrocities, deception and terroristic acts of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front (NDF).
The rallies held on Mar. 29, 2021 were part of the National Day of Solidarity, Condemnation and Outrage Against the CPP-NPA-NDF. The nationwide activity was timed to coincide with the founding anniversary of the NPA on March 29, 1969.
The 9th Infantry (SPEAR) Division of the Philippine Army, as one of the leading members of the Regional Task force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, conducted a simple program in its multi-purpose building inside its headquarters in Pili, Camarines Sur, where a former rebel delivered his testimony.
PEACE AND FREEDOM. Officials of the Joint Task Force Bicolandia led by MGen. Henry Robinson, Jr., together with local officials and former NPA rebels set free white doves symbolizing the government’s quest for peace and freedom from the violence and atrocities of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Ruel Saldico
The ex-NPA rebel, known as Ka James recalled his experience with the communist movement and how the government, which he considered as an enemy of the people, helped him start and live a new life.
“Tama na. Itigi na natin ang 50 taong karahasan at pagpatay. Walang patutunguhan ang giyerang ito. Ako mismo ang magpapatunay niyan.” Ka James said.
MGen. Henry Robinson, Jr., JTFB head and 9ID commander, said the government will not stop until genuine peace in the country is achieved.
The government will do its best to eliminate and stop the violence and atrocities of the communist terrorist group (CTG).
A candle lighting activity and the burning of the flag of the CPP-NPA-NDF were also conducted in memory of the victims of the CTG.