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LGUs declarations of persona-non-grata just ‘PR stunts,’ says NDFP

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THE NATIONAL Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has branded the resolutions of some local government units (LGUs) in the Davao Region declaring them persona-non-grata as mere public relations (PR) stunts by the military. In a press release signed by Rubi del Mundo, NDFP Southern Mindanao Region spokesperson, said the resolutions condemning the rebels, particularly their armed members under the New Peoples Army, “are the product of the relentless psywar (psychological war) and intimidation campaign of `peace and development outreach programs.’” “In Southern Mindanao and elsewhere in Mindanao, they are in fact mere PR (public relations) stunts which hold neither a grain of truth nor reflect the sentiments of thousands of Lumad (indigenous people) who continue to be victimized by the US-Duterte regime’s hated martial law and hold the revolutionary movement in high esteem, especially the NPA as their true people’s army,” the statement said. Among those that have made the declaration are the Davao City, and the provinces of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte. Bukidnon in Northern Mindanao has issued a similar resolution. — Carmelito Q. Francisco

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