AFP heightens alert as NPAs prepare for founding day

Published March 20, 2018, 4:07 PM

by AJ Siytangco


By Francis Wakefield

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Tuesday said that it is intensifying efforts to thwart possible attacks and atrocities by the New People’s Army (NPA) in line with their upcoming 49th founding anniversary on March 29, 2018.

AFP Spokesman and concurrent Civil Relations Service (CRS) chief Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Datuin Jr., said the occasion is usually marked by their attacks against the people and vulnerable communities.

Guerrilas from the New People's Army in formation during the 49th anniversary of the communist rebel in Seirra Madrid mountains, 29,2017.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 Dance)
Guerrillas from the New People’s Army in formation during the 49th anniversary of the communist rebel group in Sierra Madre mountains.

“In the past, they staged hostilities such as raids, ambuscades, and sabotage against government troops and against establishments and vital installations that severely affected innocent civilians,” Datuin said in a statement.

“These attacks against our people are terroristic in nature and clear reflection of their true color as a criminal and terrorist organization,” he added.

Datuin said in the National Capital Region, the NPAs and their supporters had staged rallies and protest actions that caused massive traffic that affected motorists and commuters.

He said they had repeatedly done such actions that disturbed the peace of the place and pestered law-abiding citizens.

“Our forces will continue to be on a proactive stance against all threats of violence and will exert every effort to preserve the peace in every locality.

The fight against terrorism and the preservation of peace is a shared responsibility of everyone,” Datuin said.

For his part, AFP Central Command (CentCom) Spokesman Col. Medel Aguilar, said troops in the Visayas have already been alerted regarding the NPA anniversary.

“Our troops are already on the alert. The NPA in Visayas, with its reduced strength and capability, is not much of a threat to our troops but only a distraction in our peaceful communities,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar said he hopes and pray s that as they celebrate their anniversary, the NPA members will realize that “armed struggle” is not the solution to the problem they see in our communities.

“The “armed struggle” that was started 49 years ago has only brought death and misery to our country. It did not solve the problem and it never will,” Aguilar said.