Palace hopes next president will keep NTF-Elcac, cites its accomplishments
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Tuesday expressed hope that the next president of the country will continue to implement the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac).
President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 issued Executive Order No. 70, creating the NTF-Elcac, in a bid to end the over 50 years of rebellion in the countryside.
“Sana ‘yung next pangulo, kung sino man iyon, ay kanya ring ipagpatuloy itong matagumpay na accomplishments ng NTF-Elcac. Marami na po ang nagbalik-loob sa pamahalaan. Marami na po ang nagbalik-loob sa gobyerno,” Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said during the Palace press briefing.
(I hope the next president, whoever he/she is, will continue the success of NTF-Elcac’s accomplishments. Many rebels returned to the government.)
“Lahat ng mga nagbalik-loob ay nabibigyan po ng tamang suporta, tulong, assistance, kabuhayan, libreng pabahay mula kay Pangulong Duterte na siya ang chair ng ating NTF-Elcac,” the acting presidential spokesperson continued.
(All those who returned were given proper support, help, assistance, livelihood, free housing from President Duterte who is the chair of NTF-Elcac.)
Nograles said that the NTF and Regional Task Force-Elcac are “successful” in providing opportunities for rebels who turned away from rebellion.
“Gaya ng sinabi ko kanina, naging matagumpay po ‘yung NTF-Elcac at ang mga Regional Task Force-ELCAC sa pagbibigay ng maraming opportunities for many of the former rebels, mga rebelde dati na magbalik-loob,” he said.
(Like I earlier said, NTF-Elcac and the Regional Task Force-Elcac were successful in giving many opportunities for many of the former rebels, rebels that returned to the government.)
It was also previously uncovered in the Senate that only 26 of the 2,318 NTF-Elcac projects were completed.
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