To enlighten the residents about the tactics of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs), the 29th Infantry (Matatag Fighters) Battalion (29IB) in collaboration with the Kitcharao Municipal Police Station, Municipal Local Government Unit of Kitcharao, and its Barangay Local Government Units recently led the conduct of an Information Education Campaign (IEC) in Brgy. Mahayahay, Sangay and San Roque of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.
Under the IEC, CMO Officer of 29IB, 1st Lieut. Edmar C. Colagong discussed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, the Republic Act (RA) No. 11479, a law whose intent is to prevent, prohibit, and penalize terrorism in the country. He also tackled the Executive Order No. 70 Series of 2018 (EO 70) which seeks to institutionalize the Whole-of-Nation Approach. This approach makes possible the participation of many government agencies and units by harmonizing government development efforts and services to support, facilitate and pursue the country’s peace agenda.
PLt. Allan Rey Daag, Chief of Kitcharao Municipal Police Station discussed RA 10168 otherwise known as the “Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012”. The said law was created to “reinforce the country’s fight against terrorism by criminalizing the financing of terrorism and related offenses, and preventing and suppressing the commission of offenses through freezing and forfeiture of properties or funds while protecting human rights.”
During the IEC, the CNTs’ recruitment process was highlighted. The lecture enlightened the public regarding how these terrorists persuade and deceive their ‘to-be members’ to join the armed struggle.
According to Lt. Col Aristotle F. Antonio, Acting Commanding Officer of 29IB, they will do their best they can, using all the means they have to save their constituents who have been blinded and fooled by these CNTs. “We will never get tired, no matter how many IEC assemblies we have to organize so long as we do not miss the opportunity to reach out to those who have lost their way because of the duplicitous ways and dangerous lies of the devils disguised as the CNTs,” he said.
“My dear fellows, especially the youth, wake up and hearken to the voice which leads you to that which is right and not the voice that will drag you to a life of misery. Listen to us and don’t trust the NPA’s lies,” Antonio added. (29th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)