Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto, commander of 91st Infantry Battalion (IB) delivering his message on anti-terrorism law before local officials in the towns of Maria Aurora and San Luis on Feb. 8 in Baler, Aurora. Photo by Jason de Asis

By Jason de Asis

BALER, Aurora-The Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (IB) conducted an anti-terrorism awareness campaign in the towns of Maria Aurora and San Luis, this province in a bid to gain more public support in reporting and condemning any terroristic activities that destroy the lives and properties of the people on Thursday, February 8.

Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto, Jr., commander of 91st IB said that the move is to encourage barangay officials and residents to be their active partner against terrorism activity, including recruitment, that might be perpetrated by the Communist terrorist.

Moreover, Recto said that the officials are their long partners in peace and development where the people, stakeholders and concerned agencies are part of it. “If there is peace, there will be more investors to come and more jobs will be given to our people in the province.

Our province is continually booming and its progress, therefore let us help the dismantled Komiteng Larangang Guerilla Sierra Madre (KLG-SM) of the New People’s Army to lay down their arms and be with the government,” Recto said.

Maria Aurora municipal local government operations officer (MLGOO) Amado Angara encouraged the group to report the presence of the CTG in their respective villages to end local communist armed conflicts.

“Report the presence of the CTG, no one will know that you reported it to the authorities, just like on what we did in the fight against drugs that makes us a drug free province,” he said.

In response to this, Maria Aurora town Liga ng mga Barangay (LNB) President Aldrin M. Japson expressed his sincerest thanks to 91st IB for the lecture on anti-terrorism law and the dialogue to address issues, concerns and sustainable solutions to achieve lasting peace and stability in the province of Aurora.

“We pledged ourselves to support our government to stop the reign of terror of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front’s (CPP-NPA-NDF) as we joined in condemning the atrocities of these lawless groups as persona non grata in our respective localities,” Japson said.

San Luis LNB President Edwin Pineda said that they are in full support to stop the anti-government movement to put an end to their violent tactics. “We are in full support for peace towards progress and development,” he said.