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Legal battle up vs. CPP-NPA

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict is stepping up its legal battle against communist rebels in Western Visayas, Army regional spokesman, Maj. Cenon Pancito II, said.

In a conference held at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City, Pancito said that the Joint Focused Legal Action Team of the RTF-ELCAC 6 emphasized that legal battle, with the end state of prescribing the CPP-NPA and their allied groups as terrorists, will degrade their capabilities to conduct terroristic activities in the region.

JFLAT is a legal action team formed by the Legal Cooperation and Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support cluster of the RTF-ELCAC 6 to add teeth to the government’s campaign against the communist-terrorist group, Pancito said.

JFLAT believes that strengthening their legal move will give life to the Anti-Terror Law and help the government win the war on terrorism with minimal loss of lives, he said.

Maj. Gen Eric Vinoya, 3rd Infantry Division commander, encouraged the JFLAT members to always remain a step ahead of the enemies through legal actions.

“Let us continue to surprise the CPP-NPA and its allied organizations with our legal efforts. Let us keep them guessing and when we hit them hard with the long arm of the law, let us ensure that they would not even know what struck them,” Vinoya said in a statement.*

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