We condemn in the strongest terms possible the recent attacks conducted by the Communist NPA Terrorists that disturbed the peaceful observance of the Holy Week and caused death and destruction in several communities in the country.
Despite declaring a halt to their tactical offensives for the holidays, four atrocities were launched by NPA terrorists targeting government troops as well as civilians and properties.
One of the attacks resulted to the death of two newly surrendered NPA who are members of the Militia ng Bayan in Montevista, Compostela Valley. The NPA terrorists ambushed the surrenderees and the soldiers accompanying them. The attack also endangered the lives of a barangay captain and a councillor who assisted the two former rebels. We believe that their former members are in possession of some knowledge that will expose the CPP-NPA-NDF.
The NPA terrorists also burned construction equipment including five units of backhoe, four dump trucks, and one bulldozer being used for the construction of a bypass road in Buhangin District, Davao City amounting to millions of Pesos.
The burning of construction equipment intended for road construction once again manifests that the CPP-NPA-NDF is anti-development and anti-progress.
Such atrocities against the people and terroristic activities against communities only show their true color and reinforce their terror tag.
Two other NPA initiated violence in the form of harassment against AFP detachments occurred in Pigcawayan, Cotabato on March 28 and T'boli, South Cotabato on March 29 targeting soldiers. Despite that, troops were able to recover one M-16 rifle in Pigcawayan while no government casualty was incurred in both incidents.
We call on the remaining NPA members to wake up and instead join the mainstream society and work for peace and progress.
Meanwhile, our troops through focused military operations have successfully thwarted CPP-NPA plans to conduct atrocities in Misamis Oriental, Davao Del Norte, Camarines Norte, and Quezon Province. These legitimate and intelligence-driven military operations led to the neutralization of five CPP-NPAs and confiscation of five assorted firearms and six improvised explosive devices.
We call on the public to be more vigilant and report to our units on the ground any presence of terrorists and criminals in their communities. The CPP-NPA-NDF respects no occasion, religious or not, in their conduct of armed atrocities.