From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 19): NolCom on full alert status ahead of NPA founding anniversary
The military's Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) is on full alert status ahead of the 49th founding anniversary of terrorist group New People’s Army (NPA).
Lieutenant Colonel Isagani Nato, NolCom information officer said that while the said group does not pose a grave threat, they would still keep an eye on them "for possible attacks and extortion activities”.
Nato said that despite the dwindling number of rebels, the NPA is still capable of launching small-scale offensives in northern Luzon through harassments and conflagration.
A NolCom intelligence report revealed that there are more than 400 NPA members roaming around the tri-boundary areas along the provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Cagayan, and Nueva Vizcaya where sightings have been confirmed.
“The NolCom is currently strengthening its counter-insurgency measures," said Nato.
The NPA, founded on March 29, 1969, is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.