Battling terrorism and insurgency, and successfully putting an end to this long hiatus, is anyone’s and everyone’s responsibility and must not be given to the government’s hands solely, but involving the active participation of all stakeholders. The Philippine government implemented Executive Order 70 through President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, which paved the way for the creation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF- ELCAC), impelling every government agency to take part in the whole-of-nation approach toward the attainment of sustainable peace in the country.
Being the Nation’s Peacekeeper—the Philippine National Police is persistent in its mandate, in collaboration with other government agencies, to address societal issues and problems, especially at and in the grassroots and marginalized sectors which the enemy repeatedly uses as basins of opportunities to brainwash unsuspecting citizens, and eventually winning their support.
With the intensified efforts being strategized by PNP, the organization proactively counter every possibility vis-a-vis terrorism and its continuous expansion in every province across the country. The results were very evident with the increasing number of former rebels who have surrendered and returned to the folds of the government.
In Western Visayas, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6 (RMFB-6) consistently upholds its commitment to eliminate the nests and the strongholds of the enemy in the entire region, by collaborating with other government agencies and non-government organizations, connecting in the process to the locals, through providing them with basic commodities, and educating them to be vigilant and decisive with the left’s propaganda and deceptive information campaigns.
On April 7, 2022, RMFB 6 continues to reach out to the residents of Capiz, particularly in Barangay Roxas Otso in the town of Tapaz, which is one of the rebel-infiltrated barangays in the province. Police Lieutenant John PauL C. Hernandez, Police Community Affairs Section, led the team under the direct supervision of Police Major German R. Magbanua III, Company Commander, in cooperation with the 2nd Capiz Provincial Mobile Force Company led by Police Lieutenant Dennis C. Losbanes.
The team spearheaded a Livelihood Seminar for the residents of Tapaz followed by a Lecture on Anti- Terrorism which was delivered by Patrolman Justine Alaric R. Salcedo, the lecture was actively participated in by the locals.
Reaching out to these rebel-infiltrated communities requires a brave and committed soul, but building ties and connections with them are always worth it. The seed of hope is already planted, and PNP is committed to cultivating it until it bears its fruits of progress, eventually growing and spreading to the entire country.