Wednesday, May 13, 2020

3ID welcomes P2M bounty for NPA commanders arrest

From the Visayan Daily Star (May 13, 2020): 3ID welcomes P2M bounty for NPA commanders arrest

The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division yesterday welcomed the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte for a P2 million reward to anyone who can either capture or kill the top commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA).

While they have not received the official guidelines from higher headquarters on how to go through with it in detail, Maj. Cenon Pancito, 3ID spokesman, yesterday said it will be fully implemented since it is a presidential pronouncement.

Duterte, during his meeting with Cabinet officials on Monday night, announced that he would give a bounty of P2 million for every top NPA commander arrested or killed.

The Chief Executive once again expressed his ire over the NPA’s series of attacks against the government forces, who are assisting local governments in addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Duterte assured informants that they will be treated as witnesses, accorded with protection from the government and will be given a “new identity” to protect them, as well as land for their relocation.

But he warned them to avoid conferring with local officials because some are NPA sympathizers.

“The reason why they (NPA rebels) thrive until now is because there are some local officials who are actively supporting the Communist Party of the Philippines. Iyan ang totoo diyan (That’s the truth),” Duterte said.Pancito said that it is always the stand of the Philippine Army that any tool or method that will fast-track the efforts in the anti -insurgency drive is most welcome, adding that it is also the vision of 3ID for Western and Central Visayas to be free from the terrorism of the NPA.*

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