PRO 11 backs CPP-NPA ter­ror­ist tag­ging

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THE Police Re­gional Of­fice (PRO 11) backs the of­fi­cial dec­la­ra­tion of the Pres­i­dent clas­si­fy­ing the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines-New Peo­ple's Army (CPP-NPA) as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion cit­ing that its ac­tions over the years against the uni­formed per­son­nel and civil­ians no longer con­form with the ide­ol­ogy it stands for.

"We find it very rea­son­able for the Pres­i­dent to de­clare such be­cause [from] the word ter­ror sig­uro na­man makikita natin na pasok sila sa def­i­ni­tion ng ter­ror or ter­ror­ists be­cause they in­still fear in the com­mu­nity at the same time masyado na ni­lang sin­ubukan ang pasen­sya ng at­ing pan­gulo," PRO 11 spokesper­son Police Chief In­spec­tor An­drea dela Cerna said.

She cited that even dur­ing the cease­fire, the CPPNPA had not showed sin­cer­ity in the peace ne­go­ti­a­tion as the rebels on the ground con­tinue with their atroc­i­ties and at­tacks that up­set the Pres­i­dent.

"Unang-una, with so much sin­cer­ity of our Presi-

dent hindi na­man niya nakita in return yong gusto niyang mang­yari," she said.

"In­spite of ev­ery­thing na gi­nawang pag-reach out even yong sa lo­cal com­mu­nity nag-reach out na for a lo­cal­ized peace talk nagka­roon pa rin ng ibat-ibang ter­ror­is­tic ac­tiv­i­ties ang mga grupong ito. We find it rea­son­able for the Pres­i­dent to de­clare such," she added.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesman Harry Roque on Mon­day made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at Mala­cañan Palace.

Pres­i­dent Duterte's dec­la­ra­tion was triggered af­ter an NPA unit am­bushed a mo­bile pa­trol with a con­voy in Bukid­non wherein a four-month-old infant was killed due to gun­shot wound in her head.

Dela Cerna said that they will con­tinue with their height­ened se­cu­rity mea­sures.

"Kami na­man po as the PNP we will main­tain peace and or­der in our area of re­spon­si­bil­ity and as much as pos­si­ble makikipag-tu­lun­gan tayo sa mga coun­ter­parts natin sa mil­i­tary para ma­sugpo itong ter­ror­is­tic acts at ma-pre­vent itong mga ac­tiv­i­ties," she said.

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