Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has denied that her city has declared members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) as persona non grata as claimed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año.
“I never said this,” Belmonte told a national daily, referring to Año’s boast that 1,546 local government units — made up of 64 provinces, 110 cities and 1,372 municipalities — have passed their own resolutions declaring CPP-NPA-NDF members as persona non grata.
Belmonte added Quezon City remains an “inclusive city.”
“I make it clear every time that we are an inclusive city, where people are free to express their views, so long as we all follow the rule of law and behave ourselves accordingly,” she added.
Año said last Friday that LGUs were instrumental in ending the decades-old communist insurgency.
“Much like the battle against the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, we need to finally end this very old problem using a whole-of-nation approach, and the support from our LGUs gives us great assurance that we are not alone in this war against these atheists, Maoists terrorists,” Año said in a statement.
Besides Quezon City, the other cities in Metro Manila that reportedly passed their ordinances declaring communists as persona non grata were Navotas, Valenzuela, Pasig, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, Caloocan and San Juan. SOVEREIGNPH