- Sison urged the NPA to intensify its attacks to force the government to resume peace talks
- PNP Chief De la Rosa said the police is ready for the NPA’s intensified attacks
- The AFP said it will continue carrying out its mandate of protecting the Filipino people from terrorists
Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), urged the party’s armed-wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to intensify its attacks to compel the government to resume peace talks.
“What the NPA can do in order to compel or persuade the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) to resume the peace negotiations is to carry out successfully the announced plan of the CPP to intensify tactical offensives against armed units of the AFP, PNP and auxiliary forces and to punish notorious human rights violators, local tyrants, land grabbers, drug lords and other notorious criminals,” Rappler quoted Sison as saying in a statement on Sunday, February 4.
The government, however, was unfazed by Sison’s threat.
“There’s nothing new with the NPA’s position. While we were conducting peace talks, they’re targeting the soldiers. So what’s new with that? There’s nothing new. So go ahead. Make all the threats you want,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque told Sison.
On his part, Philippine National Police Chief Ronald De la Rosa gave an assurance that the police is ready for the NPA’s intensified attacks, while the Armed Forces of the Philippines said it will continue to carry out its mandate of serving and protecting the Filipino people from terrorists like NPA.