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MANILA, (PIA) -- At least 250 residents of Barangay 185 Malaria in Caloocan City, who were deceived into supporting the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-New People’s Army (NPA)-National Democratic Front (NDF), officially declared their withdrawal of support to the communist cause in a simple ceremony on Monday.
Apart from pledging and signing their oath of allegiance to the Philippine Republic, the group also vehemently expressed their disgust and signified their abandonment of the communist front organization that they said “used and deceived” them for rallies and mass demonstrations. The ceremony was lead by Barangay Malaria Chairperson Ronnie Masaoay.
“They (communist front organization operatives) used and deceived us. This time we will no longer believe in their lies, and we condemn their wrongdoings. We want to live in peace,” they said unanimously.
The event, which coincided with the 54th founding anniversary of the CPP, is a joint effort of all government agencies and security forces for the attainment of peace and development in Metro Manila. These agencies include the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA-NCR), Joint Task Force NCR (JTF) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-NCR), among others.
NICA-NCR Assistant Regional Director Marcial Mendoza expressed his appreciation for the event and said that, “This is a clear manifestation that the Whole of Nation Approach or Executive Order 70 was implemented.”
The NCRPO, through its Revitalized Kasimbayanan program, in coordination with the JTF-NCR, the local government unit, and other civic clusters successfully facilitated the group’s withdrawal from the communist front organization, and their renewed support for the government, and for peace and development in their community.
For his part, Brig. Gen. Ponce Rogelio Peñones, the Northern Police District director emphasized the importance of preventive measures so that communities will not be deceived by the false advocacies of the communist group.
Gen. Peñones also urged all of the “few remaining supporters of the CPP-NPA-NDF” to lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law.
“This is your chance to return to the mainstream of society and be the government’s important partner in working for economic development,” he added.
Meanwhile, the group members were also provided with relief supplies, food packs, and other forms of assistance, including the registration of their organization with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The event was also made possible through the support of the 11th Civil-Military Operations Battalion of the Philippine Army led by Lt. Col. Gene Orense and the Caloocan City Police Office led by Police Col. Ruben Lacuesta.
It can be recalled that the CPP-NPA has been listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
While the National Democratic Front has been formally designated as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Terrorism Council on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA created in April 1973. (PIA-NCR)