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Commentary: Citizens burn NPA flag

by 2lt Gabatin

Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (October 1) -- The Filipino citizens have spoken, they wanted the total destruction of the Extortionist Syndicate Group-CPP/NPA/NDF.

During the conduct of grand pulong-pulong in Sitio Bingcongan, Brgy Bigaan, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by the Peace and Development Team of 36IB, on 26 September 2009, the citizens have shown their total disgust to the Communist group which left them poorer than they were before.

As to help for the improvement of their livelihood Mrs Teofila Orlanes, the CENRO, stated her willingness to support the community on the issuance of permit for the legality of cutting the resident's grown trees. The community also remembered the burning of Seven (7) Construction Equipment of SCP construction owned by Sergio C Pascual of Joint Ventures Inc last 16 March 2009 which totally hampered the construction of the area's national hi-way.

The NPA's reason was that the company failed to pay their extortion demand. This poignant incident added burden to their daily lives since the agony of waiting for another construction firm to take their place was left on their shoulders.

Testimonies from rebel returnees also exhumed the reality of their hardships which resulted from their wrong decision of joining the left armed group.

Honorable Candelario Viola Jr, the mayor of Hinatuan this Province reiterated the importance of beginning the change for our country within ourselves. No one else can uplift us from our condition except ourselves and that change can further emanate to community and incidentally national development.

Battalion Commander LtCol Dennis Godfrey F Gammad spoke of courage to stand for what is right. He encouraged everybody to identify when the help we give to others is really worth it. Do they really need to give help to those armed group where in fact they and their families need it more. The citizens should be able to classify when the help is really help and when this help becomes mass support.

As highlight for the activity, the sitio officials together with peace-loving citizens of the area hand-in-hand burned the NPA's flag. With this action, they are willing to show the world that they wanted peace, not the peace that the communist imagine but the peace that democracy presents.

It was the sitio's simple way of fighting the insurgents without the use of arms and where no one will sacrifice his or her life. (PIA-Surigao del Sur) [top]

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