MONKAYO, Compostela Valley - Monkayo’s local government unit and the Armed Forces of the Philippines gathered more than a hundred barangay officials on Wednesday and urged them not to support the New People’s Army (NPA).
According to the army’s 101st Infantry Brigade, out of the 21 barangays in Monkayo, 30 to 40 percent of village officials have links to the group.
One of those who admitted links with communist rebels is one alias Rodel, a barangay captain.
Rodel said he provided rice to rebels who asked for food.
He said village officials only started ignoring the group when President Rodrigo Duterte called the NPA terrorists.
Monkayo will hold a two-day "clearing event" on March 6 and 7. The goal is to make barangay officials promise not to provide any kind of support to the NPA anymore, authorities said.
Government has pursued operations to quell communist rebels following the collapse of peace negotiations last year.