NolCom on full alert ahead of NPA founding anniversary

Published March 19, 2018, 11:48 AM

by Francine Ciasico

By The Philippine News Agency

DAGUPAN CITY — The military’s Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) is on full alert status ahead of the 49th founding anniversary of terrorist group New People’s Army (NPA).

Guerrilas from the New People's Army in formation during the 49th anniversary of the communist rebel in Seirra Madrid mountains. President Duterte ordered a stop to peace talks between the communist rebels and has been labelled them as terrorist following recent attacks on the Agovernment force.The NPA claims that the government is using campaign against illegal drugs, terrorism and declaration of martial law in Mindanao as a tool to commit a human right violations.(Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)
Guerrillas from the New People’s Army in formation during the 49th anniversary of the communist rebel group in Sierra Madre mountains. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

Lieutenant Colonel Isagani Nato, NolCom information officer, said that while the group does not pose a grave threat, they would still keep an eye on it “for possible attacks and extortion activities”.

Nato said that despite the dwindling number of rebels, the NPA is still capable of launching small-scale offensives in northern Luzon through harassment and conflagration.

A NolCom intelligence report revealed that there are more than 400 NPA members roaming around the tri-boundary areas along the provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Cagayan, and Nueva Vizcaya where sightings have been confirmed.

“The NolCom is currently strengthening its counter-insurgency measures,” said Nato.

The NPA, founded on March 29, 1969, is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.