AFP ready vs NPA attacks-A A +A
Thursday, January 2, 2014
THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is always ready and will intensify its military operations against New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, said Captain Christian Uy, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) in Camp Evangelista.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed branch, the NPA, vowed during their founding anniversary recently to launch bigger and wider tactical offensives against government forces.
“The revolutionary forces and the people are optimistic that with relentless hard work and struggle, they can advance further from the strategic defensive to the strategic stalemate,” said the CPP in a statement on its website.
During their anniversary, Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines for Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao), said they will deploy more NPA fighters in their punitive actions in 2014.
But Uy said they will also intensify their attacks to prevent the leftist insurgents from conducting “sabotage against the communities.”
He said the CPP-NPA’s plan in Mindanao shows that the communist movement is not sincere in its cause.
“They exist because they want to bring destruction and sorrow to our democratic way of life,” Uy said, adding the AFP is ready to defend the people against the Maoist fighters.
He added that the AFP’s commitment to provide peace and security to “our area will not be threatened by these few selfish bandits.”
With regards target areas of offensives, Uy said the CPP-NPA has no controlled areas in Misamis Oriental.
“They shift from one place to another. They do not have areas of which they control,” said Uy.
The communist rebels said, though, that they have 46 guerilla fronts, adding that the group has an increased and strengthened presence in “more than 2,000 villages in 200 municipalities and 19 provinces in Mindanao.”
Uy said they will intensify the monitoring system of the AFP and launch an attack on areas where the NPA fighters are temporarily staying.
He added that the people should not worry about the CPP-NPA.
“For as long as we have the support of one another their plans will not prosper,” said Uy.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 03, 2014.