Military official mocks CPP-NPA after top leaders' arrest

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


A MILITARY official on Tuesday sarcastically greeted the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) on the occasion of its 45th founding anniversary, days after the arrest the group's top leaders.

"Happy 45th anniversary nalang sa kanila, nahuli na namin leaders nila," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs chief Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said in an interview.

Zagala said they were expecting retaliatory attacks from the group, which they considered as "criminals."

Benito and Wilmam Tiamzon, chairman and secretary general of the communist group, respectively, along with five others, were arrested in joint military and police operations in Aloguinsan, Cebu last Saturday.

The CPP-NPA will celebrate its 45th founding anniversary on March 29.

"Hindi na bagong bagay sa AFP ang posibilidad na maghasik ang New People's Army group ng pag-ganti kasunod ng pagkakahuli sa dalawang top leaders nito. Dati na namang gumagawa ng karahasan ang rebeldeng grupo, pero handa naman tayo diyan. All year round naman alerto tayo," he said.

On March 24, an undetermined number of NPA rebels waylaid members of the Army's Infantry Battalion who were on their way to a medical mission in Lopez town in Quezon province.

Brigadier General Alex Capiña, commander of the Army's 201st Brigade, said the exchange of gunfire lasted for almost an hour, resulting in the death of two lieutenants and injury to four members.

Capiña said the attack might be one of the retaliatory attacks from the militant group to protest the arrest of the CPP-NPA leaders in Cebu.

"Pwedeng ganun (retaliatory attack) pwede rin na dahil mag-aanniversary na sila kaya nagcoconduct sila ng mga ganitong pag-atake or both," he said. (Sunnex)

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