Camp BGen Efigenio C Navarro, Calapan City – Project contractors and members of the business community in Mindoro Island vowed support to the government’s National Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in putting an end to the extortion activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) through manifesto signing on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the 203rd Brigade Headquarters, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro.
The activity highlighted the coordinating conference hosted and initiated by the 203rd Brigade of the Philippine Army, together with Police Regional Office MIMAROPA, and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency 4B. The conference aimed to address the reports that members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) are actively extorting money and goods from contractors and businessmen in Mindoro provinces.
As part of their capacity building, they underwent orientation on the following topics: Anti-Terrorism Law, CTG Front Organizations, Reporting of Extortion Letters, CTGs’ Electronic Messages, and exchanges of experiences and best practices during the open forum.
Police Regional Office MIMAROPA Director Police Brigadier General Sidney S. Hernia underscored the role of the private contractors and the’/; businessmen in carrying out the government’s flagship programs, and its campaign against terrorism and insurgency. “You serve as the catalyst for economic development and uplift the quality of life of our citizenry. The quality roads and bridges you build shape a brighter tomorrow for many Filipinos and our future generations, especially in geographically isolated disadvantaged areas” PBGen Hernia said.
The undertaking fostered an awareness that ending the local communist armed conflict is a shared responsibility between the government and stakeholders. Hence, stakeholders’ collaboration in reporting extortion activities will serve as a key factor in putting an end to local terrorism.
“You have a big part in our struggle towards ending this local terrorism. Rejecting support to the CTGs may be the best decision you can make in your life, not just for your family but for most Filipinos. We, in the PNP, would like to assure you that we will always protect you and at all costs.” PBGen Hernia emphasized.