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PNP in pursuit of freed peace talks consultants

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By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) is now working to locate and arrest National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace talks consultants and alleged leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) who were freed as government’s goodwill effort for the peace negotiations.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said some CIDG operatives are now actually conducting manhunt operations.

PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa  (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Our CIDG is taking cue from that statement, there are already efforts in connection with that,” said dela Rosa.

He is referring to President Duterte’s pronouncement that those freed, including Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, should be arrested after the cancellation of the peace talks.

Duterte earlier issued an executive order formally cancelling the peace talks.

The NPA was also declared as a terrorist organization.

The NPA has escalated the attacks after the peace talks cancellation, one of the reasons cited in Palace’s request for the extension of Martial Law.

“Case buildup and manhunt are ongoing, especially those covered with arrest warrant,” said dela Rosa.

“Just wait, in due time (there will be arrests),” he added.

As the peace talks was cancelled and the NPA declared as terrorist group, the PNP is most likely not to recommend for suspension of police operations against the Communist rebels which is traditionally being done during Holidays.

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