Palace warns of impending NPA attacks

June 30, 2017 - 1:41 PM
NPA scout standing watch
An NPA guerrilla stands guard at a rebel camp in this file photo . INTERAKSYON FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang warned of what it called “reported planned attacks” by the New People’s Army.

“We also wish to forewarn the public of reported planned attacks of the NPA on people-oriented programs and infrastructure projects and we request the citizenry of Mindanao and everyone else in the country to be on the alert and on the lookout,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told the “Mindanao Hour” briefing in the Palace on Friday, the first anniversary of President Rodrigo Duterte’s assumption to office.

“We also appeal to everyone to share information with authorities on suspicious persons and activities in their communities,” Abella added without giving any other details of the purported rebel plan.

On Friday, the Communist Party of the Philippines described Duterte’s first year as one of “worsening crisis, death and destruction” and called on the New People’s Army to “continue to seize the initiative and carry out more and more tactical offensives nationwide in order to derail and blunt” the “Duterte regime’s all-out war,” which gave the rebels “no other choice but to intensify tactical offensives nationwide.”