PNP supports calls to beef up AFP presence in areas under threat from communist insurgents

Published April 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is supporting calls to place some areas in the country under military control over incidents of attacks involving communist rebels.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa explained that soldiers are in a better position to guard far-flung areas with presence of communist rebels following reports of attacks on policemen and soldiers escorting social workers for the distribution of food and cash assistance to the poor families affected by the enhanced community quarantine.

“The Philippine National Police supports the option to place certain areas under imposition of direct military control along with law enforcers if only to ensure that the government aid program for the poor and needy will not be derailed by the CPP-NPA-NDF,” said Gamboa.

CPP-NPA-NDF stands for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People-s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

And if the attacks worsen, Gamboa said they will support direct military control over the entire country.

Earlier, President Duterte expressed frustration over the attacks of the communist rebels on soldiers and policemen in the countryside.

In Aurora, two soldiers were killed in an NPA ambush on government workers distributing cash assistance to the poor in Maria Aurora town.

In Negros Occidental, three soldiers also escorting workers distributing cash assistance were also killed in a rebel attack.

Other attacks were in Masbate and Davao City.

The communist rebels were also being accused of stealing relief assistance intended for the poor.