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Davao del Norte declares NPA ‘persona non grata’

January 26, 2020 - Sunday 6:01 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- The New People’s Army (NPA) is no longer welcome in the province of Davao del Norte after the signing of an Executive Order on Thursday declaring them persona non grata.

Province Governor Edwin Jubahib imposed a total ban on the presence and conduct of various activities of the rebel group.

“Dili na sila welcome sa Davao del Norte, ug ang mga katawhang Dabaonon dili na mohatag og suporta, ug dili na mosugot nga aduna pay magpabilin nga armadong rebelde sa probinsya,” Jubahib said in a statement.

(They are no longer welcome in Davao del Norte, and the people will not support them. We will not allow armed rebels to stay in the province.)

The declaration  of the province came after the governor moved for the reclassification of the NPA, which is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), as an organized criminal group in the regular meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) 11 held recently in this city.

Jubahib urged the members of the NPA and its mass supporters to return to the folds of the law and join the movement for peace and development of the province.

He assured them of protection and assistance if they decide to surrender and eventually leave the armed struggle.

Jubahib insisted that there is no reason for the rebels to continue in the organization as the government is already bringing the needed services right in their communities.

He said the declaration of the NPA as persona non grata is the contribution of the province to the government’s “whole-of- nation approach” in attaining sustainable peace.