- PNP chief said they have uncovered NPA plan to disrupt SONA
- He urged the public to understand and cooperate to maintain the peace
- He also appealed to the Left not to fight, said gov’t forces will nevertheless defend themselves
MANILA, Philippines – PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa claimed to have uncovered plans by the New People’s Army to conduct offensives before July 24, in a bid to disrupt President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA).
“Meron lang kaming namonitor dun sa kabila, sa kaliwa, sa NPA that they will make some pre-SONA attacks, harassment sa Davao na-uncover ‘yan. Guguluhin nila ‘yung Davao before SONA. We are preparing for that,” GMA News quoted him as saying.
[We have monitored and uncovered some plans from other the side, the Left, and the NPA that they will make some pre-SONA attacks, and harassment in Davao. They will make trouble in Davao before SONA. We are preparing for that.]
Dela Rosa then urged the public to understand the ongoing enhanced security measures, and also to cooperate with security forces for the sake of peace.
“Sana naman mag-cooperate ‘yung public na we are facing some degree of threats so mag-adjust sana ang publiko na magtulungan tayo para mabantayan natin ang katahimikan ng ating paligid,” he said.
[We hope the public will cooperate and understand that we are facing some degree of threats, and that they will adjust and help us so the we can protect the peace around us.]
As for the communists, the PNP chief said while he hopes they will refrain from attacks and instead focus on the peace talks, he asserted the right of government forces to fight back if they are attacked.
“Our quest for peace is never ending. Kung ma-achieve natin ang peace talks mas maganda. Pero kung hindi sila sinsero, wala tayong magawa kung hindi sila sinsero. Giyera, ganon talaga. Hard realities in life,” he said.
[Our quest for peace is never ending. If we can achieve the peace talks then all the better. But if they are not sincere, then we cannot do anything. War, that’s how it goes. Hard realities in life.]