Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar backed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s statement that peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/ National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) is already dead in the wake of recent attacks by communist rebels.
According to PGen Eleazar, engaging with the CPP/NPA/NDF would only be a waste of time.
“Napakaraming beses na nagkaroon ng pag-uusap at lumalabas na ang gobyerno pa nga ang laging dehado dahil matapos mapakawalan ang mga lider ng CPP-NPA-NDF na pinaghirapang hulihin as a gesture of sincerity, wala ring nangyayari,” said PGen Eleazar.
“Kaya nakikiisa kami sa pananaw ng Pangulong Duterte na isang malaking kalokohan na if we would resume the peace talks with them. Nakita naman natin na walang pinipiling lugar, panahon at biktima ang mga komunistang rebeldeng ito,” he added.
The PNP Chief stressed that the police organization and all other State forces want peace but the concept is alien to the CPP/NPA/NDF.
He said, “The PNP is for the attainment of genuine peace in the country but this group will never embrace the concept of peace. So, what’s the point of talking peace with them again?”
In his interview on Tuesday night at SMNI, President Duterte had said he no longer wants peace talks with the communist rebels because of their arrogance.
The CPP-NPA has taken full responsibility for the Masbate City landmine that killed cousins Kieth and Nolven Absalon. State forces are now conducting pursuit operations against the suspects.
Aside from the Masbate City incident, there were also attacks perpetrated by members of the NPA in Quezon Province and in the Bicol region.
“Hindi sapat ang pagkondena dito sa kanilang teroristang gawain gaya ng nangyari sa Masbate City, kailangan dito ay whole of government approach para mawasak ang kanilang mass base support na kasalukuyan naman nang ginagawa ng ating pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng paglalaan ng malaking pondo para sa development projects lalung-lalo na sa mga lugar kung saan malakas ang presence ng mg NPA,” said PGen Eleazar.
“Sinasamahan natin ito ng agresibong operasyon kasama ang ating mga kapatid sa AFP para naman sa kanilang mga armadong grupo na patuloy na naghahasik ng karahasan sa ating bansa,” the PNP Chief added.
PGen Eleazar has directed all police units and offices to be on full alert in anticipation of intensified attacks by the communist rebels.
Photo Courtesy: Rosario Municipal Police Station