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NPA demands SOMO in parts of Surigao.

Surigao City - The New People's Army, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), demanded that the military and police declare a suspension of military operation and suspension of police operation (SOMO/SOPO) along the SALASICAM complex located in the municipalities of Gigaquit and Claver, both in Surigao del Norte province.

SALASICAM stands for Sapa, Lahi Sico-sico and Camamonan, which are hinterland barangays of the municipalities of Claver and Gigaquit.

These barangays had been their former strongholds wherein numerous NPA atrocities had been committed. Most infamous of these was the burning of a mining industry in Barangay Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte.

The communists have also controlled the communities in these area and have stalled the government from providing the needed services and development to the communities.

SALASICAM complex has already felt the initial stage of development due to the Community Organizing for Peace and Development (COPD) with the convergence of the provincial government of Surigao del Norte and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other line agencies of the government.

The NPA also strongly demanded the total stop of COPD activity within the SALASICAM areas.

The NPA made these demands after the release of PO1 Jonry Amper, PO1 Merichel Contemplo and PO3 Democrito Polvorosa, all of Surigao del Norte police force on Thursday in Lahi, Claver.


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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Feb 28, 2015
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