THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) hit the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), following its successive atrocities and attacks in various areas nationwide, particularly in Mindanao.
AFP chief of staff General Eduardo Año said while the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is open for the resumption of peace talks with Government of the Philippines (GPH), the NPA is busy steering tactical offensives.
"Baliktad sa CPP-NPA, their leaders who are part of the negotiating panel ay gusto na ng kapayapaan, but every time na magsasalita na sila, fire naman ng fire yung mga nasa baba, particularly in regions of Davao and Caraga," Año said.
Año said it seems like the NDFP has no control of the CPP-NPA already. He added that most of the people nowadays can no longer understand what the communist rebels are really fighting for, as some even extort and/or steal money.
"Parang hindi sila magkasundo mismo… Kung talagang sincere sila to attain peace in their respective area, madali lang naman yan, sila na mismo tutulong para maging matagumpay yung ceasefire and the peace negotiation," he said.
"Hindi pu-pwedeng fire lang ng fire. Hindi rin pwede yung gusto ng NPA na talk and fire. Ano ba talagang pinaglalaban ninyo? Kung pera lang, marami naman marangal na trabaho. Pwede kumita ng pera sa tamang paraan," Año added.
Año earlier confirmed the NPA rebels are stepping up attacks in its respective areas, particularly Davao Region, before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 24, Monday.
Last Wednesday, July 19, four members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were injured in a clash between their unit and suspected communist rebels in Arakan town in Cotabato province.
PSG spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Michael Aquino said the incident, which took place in the boundaries of Arakan, Bukidnon and Davao City, was an encounter between 10 of their men and a hundred suspected NPA rebels.
According to Northern Mindanao police director Chief Superintendent Timoteo Pacleb, members of the PSG aboard two vehicles were on their way to Cagayan de Oro City when the communist rebels fired on them around 6:15 a.m.
Año said he has already instructed all the military unit heads nationwide to raise the alert status and counter the plans of the NPA before it can harm anyone particularly the non-combatants.