first_imgILOILO City – The Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (IB) applaudedthe action of Igbaras town for declaring the Communist Party of thePhilippines-New People’s Army “persona-non-grata” on Jan. 30. Igbaras was the first town in the province this year to pass a resolutionthat declares communist-terrorists as “persona non- grata,” according to 61stIB commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara. “I am also encouraging other local government unit in the province totake a bold step against this group now, and don’t let them enter your peacefulcommunity,” Batara said. He assured the local officials of Igbaras that the army will lendsupport in its mission to end local communist armed conflict. He urged local officials to carry on with helping the government in itsfight against insurgency. “Let us start our 2020 right. The terrorists are no longer significantand we do not want our children and the children of our children to become the nextvictims of their selfish and bloody armed struggle. Let’s do our share in makingthem forever irrelevant,” Batara said.       The resolution was passed by Igbaras Municipal Peace and Order Council,led by Mayor Jaime Esmeralda, in support of the Executive Order 70, which aimsto institutionalize the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communistarmed conflict activities.(With a reportfrom PIA/PN)last_img