Members of the New People’s Army have been declared “persona non grata” by the barangay officials and residents of Luyang in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, where five communist rebels died in an encounter with government troopers on June 18, Capt. Francis Salcedo, 11th Infantry Battalion Civil Military Operations officer, said yesterday.
Salcedo said Brgy. Luyang in Mabinay, had been cleared before by the 15th Infantry Battalion from the infiltration of the NPA, who are now trying to recover it.
But he said Luyang residents do not want the NPA in their community and cited the timely relay of information to the authorities on the presence of armed rebels in the area that led to the gunbattle that killed five rebels.
On Saturday, the 11th Infantry Battalion, in partnerships with the municipal government of Mabinay, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 7, the 302nd Infantry Brigade, and Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria, held a joint outreach program that aims to help residents recover from the undesirable outcome of the recent encounter, Salcedo said.
He added that an indignation rally was also held, where barangay residents burned CPP-NPA flags and denounced rebel atrocities, as a form of defiance against the rebel movement.
Luyang barangay officials led by their village chairman, Guillermo Cuenco Jr., also displayed a large streamer of a barangay resolution declaring the CPP-NPA as persona non grata.
Salcedo also said that Emma Rabelista, wife of Isaias Rabelista, who was among the five slain rebels, attended the activity and thanked the municipal government of Mabinay led by Mayor Joeterry Uy and the men in uniform for extending financial and burial assistance to them.
Lt. Col. Ramir Redosendo, 11IB commander, also attributed their successful operations against the armed NPA rebels in their area to the timely information of Luyang barangay residents.
This only serves as proof that the residents of Brgy. Luyang are fed up with the deception and lies brought by the false ideology of the CPP-NPA, he added.
Mayor Uy also expressed his appreciation to the 11IB and the PNP for actively performing their role in preserving the peace and order in his town.
Col. Noel Baluyan, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, also thanked Mayor Uy and Rep. Sagarbarria for their support in making the joint outreach program a reality.
Salcedo said that Mabinay town is being used by the NPA as a “mobility corridor” in crossing to Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental and Manjuyod in Negros Oriental.*
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