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PA determined to crush NPA forces in Panay and Negros

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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.

Guerrilas from the New People's Army performs an exercise drill during the 49th anniversary of the communist rebel in Seirra Madrid mountains, 29,2017.President Duterte ordered a stop to peace talks between the communist rebels and has been labelled them as terrorist following recent attacks on the Agovernment force.The NPA claims that the government is using campaign against illegal drugs, terrorism and declaration of martial law In Mindanao as a tool to commit a human right violations.(Czar Dancel)

Female members of the New People’s Army (NPA) hone their marksmanship skills at Sierra Madre, Dec. 29, 2017. (Czar Dancel)

“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.

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