LEGAZPI City -- The remote towns of Lagonoy and Garchitorena in Camarines Sur; Gigmoto, Baras and San Miguel in Catanduanes; Guinobatan in Albay; Pilar, Sorsogon; Labo, Cam. Norte; and the coastal towns of San Jacinto and Monreal in Masbate were only some of the remote localities in Bicol region where communist rebels continue their recruitment of young cadres, thus making these areas hotbeds of insurgency.
This was revealed by AFP Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) chief Lt. Gen. Ferdinand F. Quidilla during a visit in Bicol over the weekend. A month before his retirement, he said, “These Bicol localities remained short of basic services, no proper access roads in rural areas, where poverty thrived and with no opportunity for local residents.”
Quidilla said he had seen remote localities in Quezon and Bicol when he was only an Army lieutenant and until recently, “the same depressed localities exist, and continued to be breeding grounds for communist insurgents.”
He told Army troops during his visit that he had asked President Duterte’s economic managers to include in their economic plans the development of these neglected localities.