By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — By 2018, the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) is determined to crush the forces of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Panay and Negros Islands.
“We have our marching orders to expedite the defeat of communist terrorists by the end of 2018,” said Brigadier General Dinoh Dolina, 3ID’s new commanding general.
Dolina, who replaced Majog General Jon Aying last Dec. 29, underscored the stance of the Duterte administration in ending the peace talks and classifying the NPA as a terrorist organization.
“Their spiteful assertion that they speak for the people is so deceitful and their whimsical delusion in committing violence for the last 50 years does not make their voices privileged,” Dolina added.
Six cops were killed in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental province, last July while another cop was killed in Maasin, Iloilo province, last November. It was also in Maasin where the NPA staged a daylight attack at the police station last June.
The NPA has taken advantage that three battalions under 3ID were sent to Marawi City during the war against the Maute group.
Before retiring, Aying announced that a new army battalion will be created in Panay Island to fight the NPA.