PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Monday condemned the latest attacks members of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) in Northern Samar last week.
In the aftermath of the purported rebel atrocities, the PNP chief instructed all police units and offices in the province to be on heightened alert to prevent the leftist guerrillas from further committing atrocities on civilians and destroying the peace in the communities.
“Talagang hindi titigil ang mga teroristang ito sa paghahasik ng kaguluhan at karahasan sa ating mga komunidad sa kanilang kagustuhan na ipakita na malakas pa din ang kanilang puwersa. Pilit nilang pinagtatakpan ang katotohanan na mahina na sila at wala nang makuhang suporta para sa kanilang walang saysay na pagsulong ng armadong pakikipaglaban,” Gen. Eleazar said.
“Nakagagalit na mga inosenteng sibilyan ang tinatarget ng CPP/NPA sa kanilang mga pag-atake. Palibhasa’y wala nang maniwala sa kanilang panloloko at propaganda,” he added.
Gen. Eleazar said that an Army soldier and a barangay captain were killed by NPA rebels in separate incidents in Northern Samar last week.
The soldier identified as Private First Class John Vincent Bocaboc was killed in an encounter with around 10 heavily-armed NPA members in Bgy. Victory in Last Navas municipality.
The following day, suspected NPA guerrillas gunned down Crispin Mordido, the chairman of Bgy. San Andres during a gun attack in nearby Bgy. Lourdes.
Gen. Eleazar said police hot pursuit operations, in close coordination with the military, are still ongoing for the suspects’ capture.
He also expressed the PNP’s support for the statement of the Commission on Human Rights which called out the communist rebels for their human rights violations.
The CHR’s denunciation of the CPP/NPA came after communist rebels used land mines against and ambushed government security forces in Jipapad, Eastern Samar on Wednesday last week killing three persons and injuring four others.