MANILA More local government units (LGUs) are getting enlightened against the lies and acts of deception by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA), hence the spate of persona non grata declarations against the communist rebels.
This was the reply of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, Col. Noel Detoyato when asked to comment on the matter Thursday.
"LGUs who declared the CPP-NPA-NDF (National Democratic Front) persona non grata are those who are enlightened on the negative effects of the terror group," Detoyato said in a message to the Philippine News Agency.
Also, the decision to declare the CPP-NPA persona non grata can be attributed to the communist rebels' negative impact on the business climate.
"(The LGUs decision to declare the CPP-NPA also has something to do) on its impact on the growth and business climate of their communities," Detoyato stressed.
Earlier, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said the CPP-NPA has kept the poor poorer and the Philippines in deep chaos.
Speaking before members of the US-Philippines Society (USPHS) headed by its executive director Hank Hendrickson and president Ambassador John Maisto, the lady official emphasized that the communist terrorist group has wounded the Filipinos' psyche by teaching the language of hate and mistrust against even the most sincere and hardworking public servants.
And they do this because in agitating us, in keeping the poor stuck in poverty, and by obstructing progress are where they stand to gain the most," Badoy said in a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
She said the extensive organizational structure of the CPP-NPA and the National Democratic Front has infiltrated all sectors of Philippine society such as women, youth, farmers, media, church, indigenous peoples (IPs), and even the United Nations system.
And that now spans continents and is in 39 countries including North America via its legal fronts, which have used the poorest among Filipinos and their indigenous brothers and sisters as their milking cow, asking for funds from unwitting international organizations and governments which are fed patent lies about the country to get those funds, she added.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Philippines. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency