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NTF-ELCAC urges the public to follow the route to enduring peace.

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The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has urged the public to continue working toward a durable peace in the wake of the passing of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison, 83.

According to Emmanuel Salamat, executive director of the NTF-ELCAC Secretariat, the organization is still committed to pursuing its goals and strategic plan to combat local communist terrorist groups (CTGs) and bring about a lasting, inclusive peace across the entire nation.

“Enough for all the blood that has been shed, all the lives lost, and all the terrible pain that violent terrorist organizations like the CPP/NPA/NDF (New People’s Army/National Democratic Front) have sown… In a news release on Saturday, Salamat said: “Let us dissuade our misled brothers and sisters from hanging to their expectations on a false notion that political reform and national well-being can only be attained by way of the barrel of a rifle.

In addition, Salamat advised those who support and are involved in promoting peace to take advantage of “great chances to make a difference by providing our enthusiasm and devotion for the people we are obligated to serve.”

For the love of God and country, he said, “A new chapter for our nation and people awaits—a new hope for peace and progress, as our collective and national commitment unites us in achieving inclusive peace and development for our fellow Filipinos, particularly in the conflict-affected and vulnerable communities.

The NTF-ELCAC Secretariat expressed delight in the government’s most recent victories in the fight against CTGs.

Salamat declared that “this month alone, we have a lot of victories in our attempts to abolish the CTGs.”

He praised the Eastern Mindanao Command for recently destroying six CTG units there.

“Palawan was deemed to be free of insurgency earlier this month, marking a significant triumph for the WesCom (Western Command) and the local administration of Palawan. It is now time to step up our efforts to support construction initiatives in these locations, the official said.

The CTGs are anticipated to drastically weaken as a result of recent events and effective military operations in several places, he added.

The NTF-ELCAC is still committed to ending the ongoing local communist armed conflict and facilitating the delivery of services and development initiatives in regions that were previously inaccessible because of intimidation and violence by the CTGs.

In order to achieve a genuine and long-lasting peace for the nation, the NTF-ELCAC is made up of the following clusters: Basic Services, Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment, Local Government Empowerment, Infrastructure, and Resource Management, Legal Cooperation, Peace, Law Enforcement, and Development Support, Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration and Amnesty Program, International Engagement Cluster, Sectoral Unification, Capacity Building and Empowerment, Strategic Communications, and Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management.

The CPP previously reported that Sison, who had been hospitalized for two weeks, passed away on Friday night at 8:40 p.m.

The CPP was about to celebrate its 54th anniversary of foundation on December 26 when Sison passed away. In 1968, he established the group.

In 1976, Sison and his wife were both detained during the administration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, the current president. In 1986, with the election of then-President Corazon Aquino, they were freed from custody.

Following the failure of peace negotiations with the government in 1987, Sison fled on his own to the Netherlands. Since then, there have been intermittent peace talks before President Rodrigo Duterte ended them in November 2017.

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