The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday, March 30, that the aggressive campaign against communist rebels and their supporters in Southern Tagalog areas have foiled the attempts of the New People’s Army (NPA) to conduct urban guerrilla warfare in Metro Manila.
PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said the communist rebels have been actually using leaders of legal front organizations to stockpile arms and provide covert forward operating bases for NPA operation in the urban areas.
“The PNP’s intensified anti-criminality and anti-terrorism drive in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) led by the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) and in cooperation with the local police units resulted to the seizure of several high-powered firearms and explosives believed to have been acquired by the CPP-NPA as part of its plan to commit attacks against government forces in connection with the pronouncement of the top leadership of the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA-NDF (National Democratic Front of the Philippines,” said Sinas.
Early this month, at least nine leaders and members of cause-oriented groups were killed while several others were arrested during a crackdown on alleged NPA members and supporters in what critics called Bloody Sunday police and military operations in Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.
Police said those killed tried to shoot it out with the police and even said they seized firearms and grenades from those killed and arrested. Members of the militant groups, however, claimed that the firearms and grenades were planted.
But Sinas said that based on the investigation and the reports of citizens and former members of the CPP-NPA, it was found out that part of the communist terrorist movement’s open mass organization leaders’ role as white area operators of the CPP-NPA to ready the guns and bullets for operations in Metro Manila.
“The place specified in the search warrant was voluntarily identified by former rebels and operatives of the CPP-NPA operating in Southern Tagalog. According to the revelations of the witnesses for the application of the search warrant who had direct and personal knowledge as to the CPP-NPA’s plans and operations being a former SPARU (Special Partisan Unit) and member, the said place is a known arms and logistics depot of the CPP-NPA in Southern Tagalog,” said Sinas
“It was also identified as ‘NPA Quarantine Area’ for those who are using the forward post for communications and liaison works of CPP-NPA, an active underground house for Laguna and Batangas operations,” said Sinas.
Sinas said former rebel witnesses also disclosed that those raided during the Bloody Sunday operations were the places where underground personalities of CPP-NPA Southern Tagalog Region converged on February.
“Based on said disclosure, it appears that the individuals from the operation conducted last March 7, 2021 and the current area are all inter-connected to a grand Regional and National Design of coordinated CPP-NPA armed offensive projections in the entire Southern Luzon area, as evidenced by the recent NPA ambush against the PNP in Labo, Camarines Norte which claimed the lives of 5 PNP personnel,” said Sinas.