DILG probes village officials supporting NPA

By Lilian Mellejor

February 15, 2018, 7:00 pm

DAVAO CITY – Some 10 to 15 village leaders in Compostela Valley Province suspected to be members or supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) are under investigation by the Department of Interior and Local Government1 (DILG).

Those on the list are also being verified by Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy and if proven true, they can be expelled office.

Uy confirmed there are some barangay officials in province engaged or included in the underground organization.

The governor, however, was not at liberty to disclose the names of the officials on the list submitted to the DILG.

He learned this in a meeting with Local Government’s Secretary Eduardo Año three weeks ago.

This was also taken during an executive meeting of the provincial peace and oprder council recently. The information was also based on the report of the military brigades operating in Davao area.

According to Uy, the names of the officials are on the list of only one brigade. He said there are others on the list of other Army units operating in the area of Compostela Valley.

Uy said his government is also verifying the information. The governor was concerned about the repercussions if officials are supporting the other side.

He said there may be some officials who are in the know of the NPA activities but remained deaf and blind.

“Ang DILG dili gusto niana no. So the investigation is going on (DILG does not like that. So the investigation is going on),” he confirmed during the Hermes Club at Waterfront Insular Hotel.

Meanwhile, Uy said the provincial government continues to engage stakeholders to keep the province safe.

All efforts, Uy said resulted in the surrender of NPA rebels operating in Comval. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)