With the New People's Army (NPA) about to celebrates its 46th founding anniversary its March 29, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it is prepared to protect the country and people should the rebel group decide to commit atrocities on the said date.
This was announced Friday by the AFP public affairs office in a message to the PNA.
"The AFP is ready perform its mandated task to protect the people against any armed threats including the NPA bandits who (might) launch armed attacks during their founding anniversary," it added.
"We are working closely with the PNP in monitoring the NPA and in taking preemptive measures to thwart their evil plans such as mounting violent attacks against communities and government installations," the AFP said.
Earlier, AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said that units based in non-threat areas can grant leave to their personnel wanting to go home this Holy Week.
However, this condition cannot be applied to provinces and areas with intact threat groups like the NPA and other lawless elements.
Areas in the
known to be hosting NPA groups include Masbate, Sorsogon in Southern Luzon and
Kalinga in Northern Luzon, Leyte, Eastern and Northern Samar in the Visayas and
CARAGA Regions and Compostela Valley in Mindanao.