With President Rodrigo Duterte shutting down peace talks with communists, the Philippine Army 7th Infantry Division (7th ID) and the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations Northern Luzon (DIPO-NL) vowed to intensify operations against members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Northern Luzon who are facing multiple criminal charges.
7th ID Commander Major General Alfredo Rosario Jr. and DIPO-NL Director PMGen. Ferdinand Daway made the commitment following the police official’s visit to the Army division’s headquarters in Fort Magsaysay.
“This intensified efforts follows a string of service of warrants of arrest in our area of operations,” Daway said.
Last Friday, the head of NPA’s Regional White Area Committee of the Central Luzon Regional Committee identified as Jose Bernardino was arrested through the joint efforts of the army and police by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Paul Attolba Jr. of Regional Trial Court Branch 30 Nueva Vizcaya.
On the same day, a high-ranking member identified as alias Bo/Bert/Roman, who was the finance officer of the NPA unit operating in Tarlac and Zambales, died while resisting arrest when he fired upon the law enforcement team.
“The army and police vow to intensify its joint operations as we hunt down the remaining communists-terrorists in Central and Northern Luzon to put an end to their terroristic activities that threaten the peace and security of the people,” Rosario emphasized.
“Our three major focus these days is to put an end to recruitment activities of the NPA by unmasking their front organizations; arrest the personalities of the CPP-NPA who are facing charges in court, and eradicate the dwindling forces of the NPA fighters in our area of responsibility through our relentless combat operations in the countryside,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH