BACOLOD CITY — The military and the police in Negros Occidental are gearing up for possible attacks from the New People’s Army (NPA) following an order from the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to launch tactical offensives across the country in the wake of the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Col. Benedict Arevalo, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade based in Murcia town, in a statement Thursday night said his directive to the troops stands — that they attack the NPA before the communist rebels’ strike.
He also said there is nothing new in the CPP’s move, pointing out the Philippine Army in Negros are alert at all times.
“The order of the CPP to the NPA to attack government forces confirms the fact that the CPP, including their legal front – the National Democratic Front (NDF) — are in cahoots with the NPA,” he added.
Arevalo reiterated his call to Negrenses to condemn not only the NPAs, but also the CPP and NDF, for “trying to hide under the cloak of legality as they undermine the society, including the government.”
“They are using the law against the government to justify their activities that are actually violating the rule of law, and they are getting inside the government to destroy it from within,” the Army official added.
On Friday, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office confirmed the order issued by Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil Jr., police provincial director, to all PNP stations in the province pertaining to possible NPA attacks.
Castil directed the chiefs of police to intensify the implementation of enhanced management police action and personally supervise the conduct of target hardening measures and offensive combat operations.
“Fortify and implement security measures of all subordinate units and ensure (the) alignment of respective provincial mobile forces that could support territorial units, particularly those identified (as) high-risk and vulnerable to enemy attack,” he added. (PNA)