CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur- Presidential Communications Coordination Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, flew to Masbate City to personally evaluate the escalation of murders of civilians by the communist terrorists.
Her dialogue with the families of Kieth and Nolven Absalon who were killed last June 6 and the wives and families of Jose, Joey and Jestoni Lalaguna, street vendors slain August 14, was very emotional.
One of the widows of Lalagunas said, “Kinuha po sa amin ng mga NPA ang aming padre de pamilya at ang mga taong naghahanapbuhay para sa amin. Hindi po namin matanggap hanggang ngayon ang labis na sakit sa kanilang pagkawala.”
Badoy’s answer was resolute, “What we are dealing here are monsters. But I am really happy to tell you that under the watch of our President, this reign of terror is about to end and we can see it already, we can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
In an ensuing press conference in Masbate City, USec. Badoy, who is also the head convenor of the Strategic Management Cluster of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), said that these atrocities have however fanned the hate of the local communities against the communist terrorists and have resulted in many leads to law enforcers, provided by ordinary citizens in the hopt pursuit of the insurgents.
Accompanying her in the series of activities in the province were MGen Henry Robinson Jr PA, commander of Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia; Col. Aldwine Almase, Brigade commander of 903rd Infantry Brigade; Lt. Col. Siegfried Felipe Awichen, Battalion commander of 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB); and PCol. Rodolfo Castil Jr, deputy regional director for Operations (DRDO) of Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5).
The group is also set to distribute food packs to the beneficiaries of the Barangay Development Program (BDP) in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) in the province of Masbate.
In his response, MajGen Robinson called her visit as a manifestation of the national government’s sincerity to reach out to the people whose lives are affected by communist terrorism.
Col. Aldwine Almase, brigade commander of 903rd Infantry (Patriot) Brigade, said that the massive and continuing gains of government forces reflect the crumbling leadership of the CTGs.
“Ang pagsuko ng isa sa mga batikang lider ng grupong nakasagupa ng ating mga tropa ay patunay na napipilitan na lang makipaglaban ang teroristang grupong ito pero ayaw na rin nilang masayang ang kanilang buhay sa walang saysay na pakikipaglaban.
“Ito rin ay isa ring patotoo na tinatanggap natin ang kanilang pagbabalik-loob kahit pa nga sa gitna ng sagupaan ang kanilang pagsuko,” Col. Almase added.
“Sang-ayon po kay USec. Badoy. Pinahahalagahan po ng pamahalaanang bawat buhay. Huwag na sanang madagdagan ang bilang ng mga buhay na nasasayang, sundalo man ‘yan, miyembro ng communist terrorist group o inosenteng sibilyan dahil lamang sa armadong tunggalian na ito.
“Sana’y patuloy po tayong magkaisa na matuldukan na ang insurhensyang ito,” Robinson added. (SPH/AQPaglinawan)