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Del Rosario sees imminent defeat of communist rebels

DEPARTMENT of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, as chair of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict-8 (RTF-ELCAC8), on Thursday cited President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s strong political will resulted in heavy gains by the government against communist terrorists, particularly in Eastern Visayas.

In his report to Duterte, Del Rosario, who is also the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security 8 (CORDS8), said that with the convergence of all efforts toward ending insurgency problem in the area, the RTF-ELCAC8 sees the imminent defeat of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Del Rosarion noted the effective whole of nation approach to end insurgency in Region 8 particularly the implementation of development initiatives coupled with sustained joint police and military operations.

Mr. President, this is the first time in our country’s history that we see all these happening because of your strong leadership, direction and political will as chairman of the NTF-ELCAC. With strong political will from both the national and local leadership, the convergence of efforts by all stakeholders, we are confident that RTF-ELCAC8 will be able to neutralize the CPP-NPA-NDF,” said Del Rosario.

Del Rosario lauded local chief executives of six provinces, namely, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar, from Region 8 for declaring the CPP-NPA as persona non grata.

With the cooperation of LGU officials, development projects and economic opportunities were boosted.

So far, from 11 communist fronts in Eastern Visayas, government security forces have already dismantled seven since the activation NTF-ELCAC.

The remaining CPP-NPA-NDF capability in Region 8 is continuously declining, hence, we are declaring today that our timeline to neutralize and diminish the influence and fighting capability of the communist terrorists is achievable and doable within the President’s term, ” said Del Rosario.