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CPP orders NPA to launch more attacks vs government troops

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By Prince Golez

The Communist Part of the Philippines (CPP) called on the New People’s Army (NPA) to intensify tactical offensives in response to the arrest of more than 60 suspected NPA rebels in Bacolod City.

“The Party urges the NPA in Negros and across the country to heed the Filipino people’s demand for justice against Duterte’s abuses. They must exert all effort to mount tactical offensives against the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP (Philippine National Police) units, especially those behind fascist crimes,” the revolutionary group said.

In a statement, the CPP claimed that the mass arrest of activists in the capital city of Negros Occidental shows the heightening fascism of the Duterte administration.

“It is a brazen display of force and abuse of state powers. It seeks to terrorize the people and their democratic forces. It aims to silence the broad masses against worsening oppression under the Duterte regime,” they said.

The Party likewise dismissed the raids as “a dress rehearsal for a nationwide crackdown against all democratic forces.”

For its part, Malacañang commended the joint efforts of the local police and military that led to the arrest of individuals affiliated with NPA.

Evidence recovered from those arrested include assorted short caliber firearms, sub-machine guns, machine guns, live ammunitions, hand grenades, bladed weapons, Kilusang Mayo Uno flags, megaphones, microphones, and voluminous subversive documents, according to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

Andanar denied that the arrest was based on planted evidence as authorities have proof they were obtained through legal means.

“We assert that any allegations that the raids conducted were a form of harassment are simply false and we have hard evidence secured to prove our argument,” he said.

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