By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 22, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) should be blamed for orchestrating the mass evacuation of more or less 164 households from Brgys. Hagbay and San Nicolas both of San Jose de Buan Samar.
The mass evacuation transpired after the CPP-NPA Terrorists harassed the Community Support Program (CSP) Team of 87th Infantry Battalion at Brgy. Can-aponte, San Jose de Buan, Samar last March 17, 2019. The CSP Team was at said barangay to facilitate the delivery of basic services of the government in remote areas to address the need of the community, and help improve the living condition of the residents.
It is the same strategy being employed by the CNTs at Brgy. Bay-ang, San Jorge, Samar, which is to create a chaotic situation within the community and blame the AFP for the mess. Afterwards, these terrorists will demand that the AFP troops should pull out from the said community.
In his statement, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” said that “the main reason behind this dirty tactics being used by the terrorists is to discredit the peace and development efforts of the CSP Team in helping conflict affected communities to progress and develop.”
Maj. Gen. Farnacio is asking the CNTs not to resort to violence but instead lay down their arms, avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) being offered by the government, go back to the mainstream of our society, and live a normal and progressive lives.