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Army chides NPA for sowing terror while appealing for resumption of talks

Fresh hostilities between government forces and NPA rebels have erupted in recent days after setback in the talks. File photo

One cannot ask for a resumption of peace talks with the government while it continues sowing terror.

This was the assertion made by Capt. Joe Patrick A. Martinez, spokesperson for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division as the military condemned the upsurge of attacks by the New People’s Army in the Caraga in recent days.

Martinez, said it was but plain hypocrisy for communist insurgents to clamor for the resumption of peace talks while committing acts of economic sabotage and extortion.

“Almost a month ago since the President ordered the scrapping of peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) after the very horrible massacre that took place in Bukidnon where a group of NPAs brutally killed the three unarmed and in civilian attire soldiers, the NPAs continued to undertake terroristic attacks targeting legitimate business entities and civilian communities contrary to their clamor for the resumption of peace talks,” said Martinez in a statement.

Last month, communist guerillas have pulled off two burning incidents in Butuan City and Agusan del Sur, where the NPA set on-fire a backhoe that was being used for development projects in Barangay Bit-os and a container van in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Rosario town.

“Moreover, we can still recall the recent attack on Army troops coming from a relief distribution mission in earthquake-stricken areas of Surigao del Norte together with a benevolent NGO reflects the duplicity of the NPAs who violated their own declaration that they will not attack the soldiers on mercy and compassion mission,” he said.

“These are the reasons why the AFP has declared an all-out-war against this terror group. They demand for peace but their actions speak otherwise. We cannot let them (NPAs) roam around and lord over the lives of our peace-loving people. Our role is to protect our people and secure their communities from these terrorists,” also said Maj. Gen Benjamin R Madrigal Jr., commander of the Army’s northeastern and northern Mindanao 4th ID, in the same statement. By YUC

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