Flon Faurillo /
In Central Luzon, the mad
rush for cedulas (community tax certificates) has reached such
absurd proportions that people have been known to forego even activities
considered more urgent in normal times. This is driven by the campaign of
the military in the region, under the command of Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan,
Jr., to weed out suspected “communist rebels” in the local villages.
Residents are required to secure and present cedulas to prove that
they are not members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the CPP’s armed wing.
In the rush to get cedulas – and avoid being manhandled and abused by
soldiers – Central Luzon residents have been going out of their way to
secure a piece of paper that could mean life or death for them – an
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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