Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is urging all public servants, especially those running for public office, to make a clear stand against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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“We may differ in our politics – and widely differ even. We are a vibrant democracy after all. But when it comes to the CPP-NPA-NDF that has stolen and murdered an untold number of our children and that has made our country a valley of tears for mothers and fathers, politics takes a back seat and we stand shoulder to shoulder to fight and end this communist pestilence that has brought so much grief and destruction to our people and our country,”  NTF-ELCAC spokesperson for Sectoral Concerns Lorraine Marie Badoy said in a press statement.

She expressed confidence that “there is more that unites than divides us.”

Badoy also lauded Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni Robredo” for expressing support for the mandate of NTF-ELCAC.

“Let us adamantly stand on our shared ground of love for country. The President (Rodrigo Duterte) has shown us the way. And so has our Vice President. We should all follow suit,” she added.

During a security briefing with some officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday, Robredo said she is “all for the mandate and functions of ELCAC” and the Barangay Development Fund (BDF).

The NTF-ELCAC’s BDF provides insurgency-cleared villages P20 million for projects that the people in the barangay deem necessary to improve their quality of life.

The fund is part of the NTF-ELCAC and DILG’s Barangay Development Program (BDP), a package of socio-economic development programs that include farm-to-market roads, livelihood, irrigation, and health stations that aims to target 822 barangays in the country.

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