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Gov’t bracing for possible attacks by Reds



By Genalyn Kabiling

The government is ready for any possible attack by the communist rebels as the group marks its 50th anniversary this month.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

“We are ready for that. The President doesn’t have to make any orders,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said during a Palace news conference.

“There has been—all laws, the requisite of it have been placed even prior. Meaning to say, the defense is ready for any eventuality,” he added.

Panelo made the remarks as the government appeared not inclined on declaring a holiday truce with the communist rebels.

He said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has refused to recommend any ceasefire between the military and the rebels during the Christmas holiday since rebels only tend to reinforce their ranks during such period.

“As of now… since the President has not made any comment,” Panelo said when asked if there was no holiday truce with the rebels.

“The Defense Secretary is against it, because according to him, they have been using this ceasefire to celebrate yearly their anniversary; using it as an opportunity and we will not allow it this time,” he added.

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