Army ‘on top of situation’ amid cancelled peace talks

THE Philippine Army in Negros Occidental said on Thursday the public have nothing to worry about threats from the New People’s Army (NPA).

Colonel Eliezer Losañes, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade based in Murcia town, gave the assurance after President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled the peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Losañes said in a text message to SunStar Bacolod they fully support the decision of the President and likewise agree on calling the NPA as terrorists because of their actions.

He said their combat operations in some rebel-infested areas in the province continue.

“There are usual movements, but we are closely monitoring them,” Losañes said, adding that they are on top of the situation.

Chief Superintendent Cesar Binag, director of Police Regional Office (PRO) in Western Visayas, said over Aksyon Radyo Bacolod that the police has shifted their course of action related to the rebels’ activities.

“We shifted to offense from defense posturing,” he said.

Binag said the police continues to undergo training to be able to defend themselves against rebel attacks.

On November 22, three police officers were wounded in an ambush after an improvised explosive device allegedly planted by the communist rebels exploded in Sibalom, Antique.

Binag said it should serve as a warning to other policemen to really guard themselves at all times.

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