BUTUAN CITY — Government security forces have intensified operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) following several attacks and harassments in different parts of Caraga Region.
NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), launched successive operations against civilians and government target in the region this week, beginning with Monday’s kidnapping of two policemen in Placer town, Surigao del Norte.
NPA members then torched two civilian trucks and harassed two military detachments and a Philippine National Police patrol bas in separate locations in in Agusan del Norte on Tuesday morning. No one was hurt in these incidents, police said.
“These atrocities only show that the rebels are not for peace and development as they put the people’s lives and livelihood at risk, contrary to their propaganda,” said Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix, PNP-Caraga director.
Backed by military units in the region, Felix said PNP units have been ordered to “maximize security and proactive measures” to respond to any hostilities.
“These NPA atrocities usually happen in November and December, with the upcoming anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26. However, we assure the people that we have intensified our operations together with the AFP to keep the region safe and secured and that everything is under control,” Felix said.
“Meanwhile, we call on all Caraganons to help the government security forces help provide the necessary information on their (NPA) presence and activities to the nearest police or military units,” Felix said. PNA/Noel B. Najarro