MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is ready for any threats and attacks that may be staged by the New Peoples Army (NPA) prior to the anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) on December 26.
PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the threats by the rebel group against high-ranking government officials are not new to them.
Banac was referring to what Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deputy chief of staff for Civil-Military Operation MGen. Antonio Parlade, Jr. said on Wednesday (Nov. 4) that DILG Sec. Eduardo Año, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, and National Commission on Indigenous People Chairman Allen Capuyan are now on the NPA hitlist.
“Sa nagdaang panahon ay ganito rin naman ang mga banta sa seguridad na tinatanggap ng ating mga pinuno kaya hindi naman tayo nagpapabaya sa ating seguridad lalo na yung mga security detail natin,” Banac said.
Banac added that, this early, they are already tightening the security in the soft target areas such as police stations and vital installation facilities in the country.
“Palagi tayong nananatiling alerto at mapagmatyag sa anumang maaaring criminal activities na gagawin ng kanilang mga kasapi. At wala naman tayong dapat ikabahala dahil ang lahat ng mga tumatayo sa batas ay nasa panig ng batas at ang lahat ng lalabag dito ay mapapanagot din natin sa batas,” Banac said further.
Banac also underscored that the PNP and the AFP are exerting all efforts in implementing Executive Order (EO) No. 70 that aims at curbing the local communist armed conflict in the country. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
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