The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is hoping that the…
NSC: NTF-ELCAC won’t be eliminated.
The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) will not be disbanded, according to reports from the National Security Council (NSC).
According to NSC Assistant Director General Jonathan Malaya, who also serves as the director of the agency’s Strategic Communications Office, there is no basis for the claims that the anti-insurgency task force was terminated or abolished by Executive Order (EO) 23.
Executive Order No. 23 does not mention the NTF ELCAC being eliminated or disbanded. The two Executive communications deal with separate subjects. In contrast to EO 70, which established the NTF ELCAC, which relates to the institutionalization of the whole-of-nation approach to achieving sustainable peace as well as the adoption of a national peace framework, EO 23 relates to the protection of the freedom of association and the right to organize, he explained in a statement issued over the weekend.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., who serves as the NTF-ELCAC head, is steadfastly dedicated to using a national strategy to ultimately end communist terrorism in the Philippines, according to Malaya.
The vice-chair of the anti-communist insurgency group is the NSC.
He continued that the Chief Executive has already ordered the NTF-ELCAC to step up its efforts, noting that the government had defeated the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) on a strategic level.
All NPA guerilla fronts have been destroyed to a 75 percent extent. Out of the original 89 fronts, just 22 remain. Twenty of the 22 remainings are weak, and the other two are the focus of military operations and development initiatives by NTF-ELCAC entities, Malaya continued.
He added that Marcos’ directive to the NTF-ELCAC was to “sustain the whole-of-nation approach to peace and development” to stop communist terrorists, their front groups, and other illegal forces from gathering supporters, reorganizing, and seizing power.
“He (Marcos) also directed the Task Force and the local government units to continue working together to seize the gains in the regions and ensure that we carry this momentum towards total victory over communist terrorism under his administration,” the NSC official said.
Meanwhile, the NTF-ELCAC agrees with the NSC’s assertion that the task force would not be disbanded in light of the recently issued EO 23.
“Established under EO 70 of 2018, the NTF-ELCAC continues to work towards fulfilling President Marcos’ marching order of sustaining the whole-of-government approach and whole-of-nation participation to peace and development, to prevent terrorists and lawless elements from recruiting, regrouping, and gaining influence over our countrymen,” said Undersecretary Ernesto Torres Jr., the NTF-ELCAC executive director.
He said, “The NTF-ELCAC determines that following a “diligent perusing” of EO 23, it neither repeals EO 70 nor renders the task force ineffectual.
“The issuance of EO 23 aims to reinforce and protect the freedom and rights of Filipino workers to organize, as well as create an inter-agency committee aimed at investigating, prosecuting, and resolving cases of violations of these fundamental rights,” stated Torres.
However, he acknowledged that although EO 23 was issued with good intentions, communist terrorists and those who support them “will surely find ways to leverage this EO to further their false narratives and push their sinister plots.”
As a result, Torres stated, “We will constantly work to remain vigilant of their actions and make sure that these EOs work as intended.”
He said this is achievable since the EO 23 allows the organization to defend the nation’s labor market actively.
“As a result, the NTF-ELCAC is eager to cooperate with the Inter-Agency Committee for the Protection of the Freedom of Association and Rights of Workers in the coming days to both support and advance the rights of our nation’s labor sector. We believe that by collaborating with the Inter-Agency mentioned above Committee, we can successfully protect the rights of our employees and stop the CTG (communist terrorist group) from using these rights for their nefarious ends, Torres added.
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