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Palawan gov’t lauds successful apprehension of 7 members New People’s Army

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The Palawan provincial government has lauded the police and other law enforcement authorities for the successful apprehension of seven members of New People’s Army in the province.

The said joint operations ng Law Enforcement Group was composed of PPCPO-CIB, PS1, CMFC, PAL PPO-PIB, RID 4B, PAL CIT, JITG and Western Command.

In a press conference last October 7, Vice Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates hailed the Law Enforcement Group for their successful operation.

“First of all, Palawan Task Force ELCAC would like to commend the PLEDS cluster for successful joint law enforcement checkpoint operations at Barangay San Jose, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan that resulted to the arrest of Domingo Ritas, one of the top NPA leaders in Palawan and six other NPA members at around 11:00 pm of October 4, 2019,” said Socrates.

“Yesterday, October 6, 2019 at 11:00 am the above-named arrested were subjected to inquest at the City Prosecutor’s Office for Illegal Possession of Firearms and Explosives under Republic Act 10591 and RA 9516. At 6:15 pm on the same day, filed criminal cases with no bail recommended against the seven arrested NPA personalities,” he added.

The said operation was pursuant to the Executive Order No. 70 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte which seeks to create a National Task Force to end Local Communist Armed Conflict sa bansa.

“As we all know, on December 4, 2018 President Duterte issued Executive Order 70 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and under that executive order, the Local Government Units have been actively involved in the effort. So yung aking presensya po rito ay pagpapahayag ng Provincial Government of Palawan sa ilalim ng pamunuan ni Governor JCA ay kaisa ng ating pangulo, national government, at ng ating mga peace and order personnel sa pagpapatupad ng Executive Order 70…,” Socrates said.

“The arrest of these members of the Communist Terrorist Groups is a clear manifestation of how they have become unwelcomed and rejected by the community… This is also the result of the resolutions of Local Government Units of the province of Palawan declaring the CPP-NPA and their front organizations as undesirable in their respective townships. During the arrest, they are claiming as members of Karapatan… The arrest shows that Karapatan is a communist front organization”, added Vice Governor Socrates.

Aside from Socrates, also present during the presscon were BGen Charlton Sean Gaerlan, Commander, 3rd Marine Brigade representing PLEDS (Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support) Cluster and Atty. Vincent Escala representing the Legal Cooperation Cluster.

“Palawan Task Force ELCAC for its part will continue to urge the remaining members of CPP-NPA to choose the path of peace… The Palawan Task Force ELCAC is ready to extend assistance and will help in making our communities resilient and safe from the communists…” Socrates said