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QC Councilor Aiko Melendez defends NTF-ELCAC, says slashing its budget goes against good governance

Quezon City Councilor Aiko Melendez has spoken up in defense of the controversial National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, and said slashing its budget would go against the policy of good governance.

The NTF-ELCAC has been a controversial body because its officers had been involved in the red-tagging of government critics. The officers had been accused of indiscriminately linking people to the communist insurgency.

Melendez, in a Facebook post, said reducing the NTF-ELCAC’s budget would deprive the Barangay Development Programs in far-flung areas of much needed funds.

“Yan po ang naglapit ng gobyerno sa mga tao doon by giving them their basic needs from education to health and livelihood. Whole of government approach. Whole of nation approach. Napakaganda ng mission. Lahat kasali, lahat my parte para sa ikakabuti ng bayan at ng mga mamamayan,” she said.

She finds it hard to understand why such a good program would be deprived of fund allocations, she said.

“Nalilito po talaga ako, promise. Kasi ang sinumpaaan namin ay ang pagtulong sa mga pinaka nangangailangan,” she said.

She said she hopes the Senate would give the NTF-ELCAC the budget it needs so that it could serve the people and give them the comfort they deserve.

“This is just my two cent on the issue. Sana po mapakinggan kahit papaano,” she said.