By Yas D. Ocampo
Supporters and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) staged several lightning rallies around Davao city in celebration of its 48th anniversary, Wednesday, March 29.
People in red, some of whom wearing slain rebel leader Leoncio Pitao (Ka Parago) of the southern Mindanao region, trooped to the streets and were allowed to protest without interference by the police.
The NPA, in a statement, asked for the masses to take part of its rebellion, days before planned talks between the GPH and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Utrecht, Netherlands.
The NPA said it was dismayed at a lack of change promised by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Hapit usa ka tuig sukad sa iyang pagkadaug, wala pay nahatag nga mahinungdanong kabag-ohan si Duterte sa kinabuhi sa katawhang Pilipino (there has been no change for the months of the Duterte administration).”
The rebel organization lamented the continued abuses in the countryside, as well as in sectors such as labor.
The rebels said they were conducting their own punitive measures against drug syndicates in the countryside and its protectors.
Sr. Insp. Catherine Dela Rey, in an interview with Manila Bulletin, said the groups were not able to stay long after the arrival of the City Transport and Traffic Management Office and responding police.