The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday said Quezon City denounced communist terrorism when it passed Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Resolution No. 8189 s. 2020 last March 16, 2020.
“Our records show that Quezon City passed the SP Reso. 8189 early this year which is entitled ‘A Resolution Strongly Condemning All Forms of Atrocities and Acts of Violence in Support of Executive Order No. 70, s. 2018 during its 25th regular session. The resolution was approved by the Quezon City Council on March 16, 2020,” said DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.
He said that the resolution itself states that Quezon City supports the implementation of Executive Order No. 70, which created the National Task Force to End Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and institutionalizes the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace in our country.
He added that the strong condemnation by local government units (LGUs), including Quezon City, of the atrocities of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) through sanggunnian resolutions in effect declares them as persona non grata in their localities.
“That is the effect of an LGU’s condemnation of the violence and atrocities perpetrated by these communist terrorists. When a local government unit denounces the acts of violence of the CTGs, would it still open its doors and welcome them into their localities? Of course not. That has no rhyme nor reason,” added Malaya.
DILG made the clarification after Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte 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 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. SOVEREIGNPH