MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will not dignify the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists’ claim that they have inflicted over 1,000 casualties to the military during the course of 710 actions in 2019.
“We would not dignify that preposterous claim with an answer,” AFP spokesperson, Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo told reporters when asked for comment on Sunday.
Arevalo said the CPP-NPA’s claims are just whistling in the dark, if not daydreaming.
“No one believes them but their own in order to ward off the fact that 40 Communist NPA Terrorist regulars and Milisyang Bayan surrendered to government security forces on 28 March 2020 — just a day before their supposed anniversary— bringing along with them 14 firearms, assorted ammunition, other war materiel and enemy documents,” Arevalo said.
The NPA, the armed wing of the CPP, celebrated its 51st founding anniversary on Sunday.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, and New Zealand. (PNA)