Bicolanos united to express their abhorrence, condemnation and disgust against the atrocities, deceptions and terrorism of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) through region-wide indignation rallies at the start of Holy Week.
Indignation rallies were held in the six provinces of Bicol organized by multisectoral groups, including the Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB), as part of the “National Day of Solidarity, Condemnation and Outrage Against the CPP-NPA-NDF.”
The activity, which was held simultaneously not just in Bicol but in the entire country, aimed to send a strong message to the CTG that their 52 years of terrorism victimizing the peace-loving Filipinos is not worth celebrating for.
As an active member of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, 9th Infantry (SPEAR) Division also took part in the activity and held a simple program in its Multi-Purpose Gym.
Ka James, a Former Rebel (FR) who shared his testimony during the event became emotional when he recalled the time when the government, which he once considered as enemy, helped him to start anew and live a better life.
“Tama na. Itigil na natin ang singkwentang taong karahasan at pagpatay. Walang patutunguhan ang gyerang ito. Ako mismo ang magpapatunay niyan,” Ka James said.
Meanwhile, MajGen Henry Robinson Jr PA, commander of the Joint Task Force Bicolandia and 9ID stressed that the government will not stop until genuine peace is achieved, saying “Marami pa tayong kailangang gawin para tuluyang wakasan ang insurgency problem sa ating bansa.
“At first, peace rallies may seem usual and trivial, but we unite with people who were once victimized by the atrocities of the CTGs, in order to boost clamor and earnest desire to live in a place where peace and progress is within reach,” Robinson said.
The major general emphasized, “Kaya hindi po tayo titigil hangga’t hindi natin nabibigyan katarungan ang kanilang mga hanay, lalong lalo na para sa darating na henerasyon”
One of the highlights of the activity was the simultaneous candle lighting and the burning of the replica of their red flags, to memorialize the death of the people who succumb to the CTG’s terrorism.
Prior to this, series of peace and indignation rallies were already conducted in various Barangays in Masbate along with the rising number of LGUs declaring the CTG as persona non-grata.