By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Philippine Army and the local Negros Occidental police force said they will be seeking the assistance of religious organizations to encourage members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to surrender.
The Diocese of Bacolod, in response, said they support a non-violent approach when it comes to dealing with the NPA.
In a text message from diocese spokesperson, Fr. Jonas Sumagaysay, he said they are always reminding their communities to preach the culture of peace and life.
In a press conference yesterday morning, Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) commander, Major General Jon Aying, urged local residents, particularly those living in far-flung areas, to assert their right to live a peaceful and prosperous life.
“If they are extorting for money or food, simply tell them no,” he said.
Aying added, residents should contact authorities if they spot NPA members as their activities will never end unless they are captured or, in the worst case scenario, neutralized./WDJ