Camp Melchor F dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela – More or less 400 students and teachers of Sagada National High School, Antadao National High School, Bangaan National High School and St Mary High School, SB members, some elders and Hon Eduardo T Latawan Jr, Municipal Mayor of Sagada conducted indignation rally at Poblacion Sagada, Mt Province condemning the recent ambuscade perpetrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) against the troops who conducted Youth Leadership Summit at Sagada National High School last 28-30 November 2014.
The rally started at around 11:30 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon on Dec 1. A short program was also conducted in which Hon Latawan Jr condemned the NPA for destroying the image of the peaceful town of Sagada. Mr Finch Luna, Sagada YLS president said in his speech that “NPAs have no right to stay in Sagada, they are the destroyers of peace and hindrances to our hopes and dreams”. The youth of Sagada were saddened and hurt specially those students from Sagada National High School who are members of Youth Leadership Summit Batch 1. For them, the soldiers are their big brothers that they called them “Kuyas” who became part of their lives in enhancing and molding their leadership skills for their brighter future.
Ltc Col Eddie M Pilapil, Commanding Officer of 54IB said “It is sad to us that we lost two soldiers but it is our duty to protect and guide our youth, they are the hope of our land; they are our future leaders. What the army wants is for them not to be misguided but rather to become responsible citizens of our community. Let us work hand-in-hand to attain the peace in Sagada, peace in Mt Province and peace in the whole region of Cordillera. We condemn those who want to destroy the dreams and hopes of the peace loving citizens of Cordillera; we condemn the NPA.”
Press Release by the 5ID, PA